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Occurred : 8/8/2013 21:00 (Entered as : 08/08/2013 21:00)
Reported: 8/9/2013 10:24:05 AM 10:24
Posted: 8/30/2013
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Shape: Light
Duration:3 minutes
The craft spotted following the International Space Station was "definitely" the Japanese Craft in hot pursuit to catch up.

I knew this was coming because the launch and "catch up" has been on the international news/CNN; When you described it on Coast to Coast I felt sure that was it; I cut & pasted this here this morning from NOAA's http://www.spaceweather.com site. Thanks for the great & dedicated work you do! ALWAYS a pleasure to hear you; hope to make your aquaintance someday at some conference or UFO event.

=========================== SPACE CHASE (Updated): On August 3rd, Japan launched a robotic spacecraft, the HTV-4, to re-supply the International Space Station (ISS). Last night, Larry Sloss saw the HTV-4 in hot pursuit of the ISS in the twilight skies over Priest Lake, Idaho: "The HTV-4 was trailing the ISS by just 3 seconds," says Sloss.

Many observers noted "HTV-4 flares" this week. Apparently sunlight is glinting off a flat surface of the spacecraft, briefly raising its luminosity to match that of the much larger ISS. Sloss saw one too: "In the image, a brief, bright flare from the HTV-4 is slightly offset from the ISS trail." HTV-4 has an interesting payload. Among the 5.4 tons of food, spare parts, and other supplies are Kirobo, a talking robot to join the crew of the ISS, and Firestation, an experiment to study mysterious Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes. Update: The HTV-4 docked to the space station at 11:38 EDT on Friday, Aug. 9th. Unloading has commenced.

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((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))