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Photos: Japan's Robotic Space Cargo Ship Fleet

A Fiery Ending

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Artist's concept of the HTV's re-entry.

Japan's First Space Cargo Ship Ready to Fly

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An artist's interpretation of Japan's H-2 Transfer Vehicle arriving at the International Space Station.

Japan's Space Hopes Riding on New Spaceship's Debut

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The payload fairing of Japan's new H-2B rocket separates from the new HTV cargo ship in this artist's interpretation.

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