|Japanese HTV-4 cargo ends its flight.
On September 07, 2013 the Japanese HTV "Kounotori-4” unmanned supply spacecraft was deorbited. Following its departure from the International Space Station on September 04, the HTV-4 spent two and a half days in free flight, performing a number of altitude reduction maneuvers to set up for re-entry. This burn began at 6:11 UTC and slowed HTV down just enough to enable it to intercept Earth’s atmosphere at a pre-planned location above the Pacific.
|US launched a spacecraft to explore moon's atmosphere.
On September 07, 2013 at 03:27 UTC the "Minotaur-5” rocket-carrier was launched from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport. It is a commercial space launch facility located at the southern tip of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on the Delmarva Peninsula south of Chincoteague, Virginia, USA.
The rocket was launched by Orbital Sciences Corporation and orbited the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) to Moon on a mission to explore its atmosphere and the role of dust in the lunar sky.
The 280-million-U.S.-dollar mission will gather detailed information about the structure and composition of the thin lunar atmosphere and study how moon dust behaves above the lunar surface, according to NASA.
Once it reaches the moon, the LADEE will begin its 40-day commissioning phase, the first 30 days of which the spacecraft will be performing activities high above the moon's surface.
These activities include testing a hig
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|Japanese cargo spacecraft departed the Space Station.
On September 04, 2013 the Japanese "HTV Kounotori-4” unmanned supply spacecraft departed the International Space Station. At 12:09 UTC by using the space station's robotic arm Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and US astronaut Karen Nyberg removed the HTV-4 cargo vehicle from its port on the Harmony module. At about 16:20 the spacecraft was released. It will be deorbited on September 07, 2013.