(TANEGASHIMA, Japan) -- An unmanned Japanese rocket headed for the International Space Station was launched Saturday.
The Konotori 2's cargo includes several tons of food, clothing, and equipment for the ISS's six-person crew. The space station can expect the cargo rocket to arrive on Thursday, before it essentially takes out the trash and self-destructs in the atmosphere to conclude its mission.
It was launched on Tanegashima Island, south of the Japanese island of Kyoshu. The Japanese space agency JAXA intends to increase the number of similar missions in the wake of NASA cutbacks.
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