A Japanese supply craft successfully docked with the International Space Station this week to deliver around 5 tons of supplies.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5) arrived at the International Space Station Aug. 24 to deliver almost five tons of supplies and scientific experiments to the Expedition 44 crew. The cargo vehicle was launched atop a Japanese H-IIB rocket Aug. 19 from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.
That will be a welcome arrival since the last supply craft, launched from Russia in April, spun out of control before it reached the ISS and ultimately burned up in Earth’s atmosphere .
I love how NASA does live coverage of these kinds of events. Here’s the docking process video:
If you have a ham radio and fancy talking to someone in space, well, pretty much anyone on Earth with a radio can call the International Space Station and chat with astronauts, according to Quartz.
If you don’t have a ham radio but want to see what the crew have to say, you can always follow NASA on YouTube. Regular updates from the ISS crew are posted there, along with special features including a weekly catch-up called Space to Ground.