Japan's First Recovery Capsule Successful

Japan's first recovery capsule successful

Japanese space agency JAXA says it has successfully sent cargo back from space for the first time.

A capsule containing crystalized proteins returned to Earth from the International Space Station on Sunday morning Japan Time as scheduled. It splashed down in the Pacific Ocean and JAXA sent a ship to recover it.

On Thursday the spacecraft Kounotori7 detached from the space station, which is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 400 kilometers.

It gradually lowered its altitude to approach Earth. At 6:24 AM the capsule undocked.

JAXA says it recovered the capsule near the Ogasawara Islands.

Hirohiko Uematsu, Director of JAXA's HTV Technology Center, said he can give full marks for the successful return of the capsule to Earth.

Japan has previously relied on US or Russian recovery capsules to send cargo back from space.