Photo: Robot Arm to Grab Robotic Ship -- A Space Station First



The International Space Station's robotic arm reaches out to capture the Japanese HTV cargo ship in an artist's rendering.

The tricky cosmic catch, slated to happen on September 17, 2009, might affect the orbiting outpost's ultimate lifespan by offering a cheaper way of delivering supplies to space, experts say. Due to budget concerns, the space station is currently slated to be deorbited in 2015.

Picture courtesy Canadian Space Agency


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