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Several tiny satellites are featured in
this image photographed by an
Expedition 33 crew member on the
International Space Station.
satellites were released outside the
Kibo laboratory using a Small Satellite
Orbital Deployer attached to the
Japanese module's robotic arm on October
Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide, flight
engineer, set up the satellite
deployment gear inside the lab and
placed it in the Kibo airlock. The
Japanese robotic arm then grappled the
deployment system and its satellites
from the airlock for deployment.
portion of the station's solar array
panels and a blue and white part of
Earth provide the backdrop for the
Date: October 4, 2012