Leah Beeferman

Monitoring the architecture of science: a studious, imaginative investigation of space-bound and land-based far-traveling and distant-looking orbiting and non-orbiting structures

an ongoing weekly project distributed by e-mail running from February 2009 to February 2010.

3 November 2009

Having completed its 43-day stay after successfully docking to deliver 5475 pounds of food, computers, science experiments and related items, Japan’s H-2 Transfer Vehicle (HTV) left the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, October 30; the bus-sized craft, now carrying 1600 pounds of trash from the ISS, is due to burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere


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