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JAXA Spacecraft Carries Science, Technology to the Space Station

Samples for the Hourglass investigation include lunar, Mars and Phobos regolith simulants, Alumina beads, and Toyoura and Slica sands.

Credits: NASA

The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) developed an uncrewed cargo transfer craft, called the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV), to deliver supplies to the International Space Station. This image shows the HTV-7 resupply ship after its release from the Canadarm2 robotic arm as the space station orbited above the Pacific Ocean some 311 miles west of Baja California.

Credits: NASA

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) cargo ship H-II Transfer Vehicle-8 (HTV-8) is scheduled to lift off Sept. 10 at 5:33 p.m. EDT (6:33 a.m. Japan Standard Time) to the International Space Station from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center, 10 years after JAXA launched its first HTV mission. HTV-8 arrives at the space station on Sept. 14.

Here are details about some of the scientific investigations and facilities heading to the orbiting lab on HTV-8.

Preparing for dusty landings

The new Hourglass investigation examines how different levels of gravity affect the behavior of granular materials such as regolith, dust that covers the surface of planets and planetary-like bodies. A better understanding of the behavior of these granular materials supports design of spacecraft for future landings on the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies.

Scientists are conducting similar research on regolith and granular materials using the space station’s Hermes research facility. Hermes provides long duration exposure to microgravity and the vacuum of space.

Better space-to-ground and space-to-space communication  

The Demonstration of Small Optical Communication System (SOLISS) investigation demonstrates new technology for future broadband data communication in space. SOLISS is an optical system mounted on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), an external platform providing continuous exposure to space for a variety of experiments. SOLISS technology allows transmission of large amounts of data from the space station, as well as from satellites in geostationary orbit to ground stations.

Predicting flammability in microgravity

FLARE explores the flammability of materials in microgravity by burning various solid fuels under different conditions inside a flow tunnel. Microgravity significantly affects how combustion occurs, but current tests of the flammability of materials for crewed space missions do not consider the effect of gravity. This investigation demonstrates a new way to predict flammability in microgravity that could fill this gap and significantly improve fire safety aboard spacecraft on future exploration missions. Final components of the FLARE module arrive on the cargo ship.

For daily updates, follow @ISS_Research, Space Station Research and Technology News or our Facebook. Follow the ISS National Lab for information on its sponsored investigations. For opportunities to see the space station pass over your town, check out Spot the Station.


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Hong Kong

Hong Kong leader pulls extradition bill, but it is too too late – see full article here ;

South Africa

Crowd boos as Ramaphosa cuts WEF (World Economic Forum) short to address protesters – see full article here.

Amy-Leigh’s kidnappers dropped ransom demand to R6,000 – from R2m – see full article here

Probe ordered into how Uyinene Mrwetyana’s killer allowed to work at Post Office – see full article here

Ramaphosa to address SA on harsher penalties for gender-based violence – see full article here

In the meantime – This is from a South African woman:

Today I witnessed first hand the crisis in Johannesburg/Pretoria. Today I realized first hand that as a South African we are no longer safe in our own country. 

I’v been trying to decide if I should post anything because I’m not one to post about life or politics on Facebook but today was just something else. 

I had to drop my dad off by his office this morning and on our way there we noticed how almost every shop was closed. We noticed how quiet Johannesburg was (this was only because everyone was so scared). On our way there my dad gave me a speech about “drop me and go” “drive as fast as you can and just get onto the highway and get home”. As I drove out his office I witnessed South Africans brutally killing a foreigner. I witnessed police and security companies shooting and hitting people to try and disperse them. I witnessed South Africans destroying and looting a shop that we all buy from almost everyday. I witnessed how they tortured the shop owner. 

As a women driving in the car alone I put my foot down the moment I got a gap and drove as fast as I could to get away from the shooting and violence. 

A few minutes later my dad called me to tell me that I had left just in time because he was locked in his office hiding away from the bullets and violence that was going on outside. 

My dad wouldn’t let me leave the house today because of the attacks happening all around Johannesburg.

I’m sorry but no matter if you are black, white, South African or a foreigner there is absolutely no reason for us as humans to carry on this way. We are all one! It is sickening what is happening. 

Tonight I get to sleep next to my family but those people that were brutally murdered will never have that opportunity again and why? Just because they are from a different country? Just because they look and sound different? Just because they found the opportunity and made a better life for themselves in our home? 

My heart is bleeding for all those that have lost homes, businesses, cars and family members in all the violence. My heart goes out to everyone during these truly difficult times!


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