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Russian cosmonauts launch Peruvian nanosatellite during spacewalk

August 19, 2014

Washington, Aug 19 (EFE).- Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev successfully completed a spacewalk lasting a little more than five hours, during which they launched a Peruvian nanosatellite and installed scientific equipment on the International Space Station, or ISS, NASA said.

The two flight engineers were back inside the ISS on Monday one hour ahead of schedule.

One goal of the mission was to launch the Peruvian nanosatellite Chasqui 1, 10 centimeters (3 3/4 inches) long and weighing 1 kilo (2 1/5 pounds), designed to take infrared photos of Earth and equipped with various systems for measuring temperature and pressure, NASA said in a statement.

The Russians also collected several samples of microorganisms from one of the windows of the station to make chemical, toxicological and microbiological analyses of them.

The cosmonauts also carried out maintenance work on the space station and installed another astrobiological experiment for the European Space Agency.

This was spacewalk No. 181 at the ISS since it went into orbit in 1998.

NASA has temporarily interrupted walks by its astronauts after detecting a defect in their space suits, but expects to resume U.S. missions outside the station in the coming months, following the resupply of the ISS scheduled for Sept. 19.

The ISS, a $100 billion project operated with the cooperation of 15 countries, orbits at some 385 kilometers (239 miles) from Earth at a speed of almost 27,000 kph (46,800 mph). EFE


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Source: EFE Ingles

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