Astronaut Ivan Wagner captured from ISS the Japanese HTV9 cargo spacecraft.

Credit: Ivan Vagner, Roscosmos

HTV is an unmanned cargo transporter developed by Japan that delivers various supplies to International Space Station (ISS). It re-enters the atmosphere at 120km altitude, melting starts at 80km mesosphere with aerodynamic heating and leftover pieces fall on the South Pacific Ocean. Since its first launch in 2009, HTV or Kounotori has successfully executed 9 resupply missions to the ISS. Following its retirement, the next-generation HTV-X series is expected to begin launching no earlier than 2022.

Reference: Ivan Wagner’s Tweet
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