The spacewalking astronauts on Monday launched a nano Peruvian research satellite, kickstarting a mission to observe the Earth.
Oleg Artemiev of Russia threw with his gloved right hand the 4-inch box off amid the International Space Station (ISS) saili 260 miles above the cloud-flecked planet.
As soon as the baby satellite was blasted off, it gently tumbled while clearing the vicinity of the orbiting complex.
“One, two, three,” one of the astronaut screamed with excitement in Russian as Artemiev released the nano satellite.
The launch of nanosatellite ‘Chasqui’ was caught on camera. Alexander Skvortsov , who co-partnered Artemiev on the space mission, left no stone unturned to keep his helmet camera set at the nano satellite to capture its movement as soon as it was blasted off.
The tiny satellite weights barely 2 pounds. It holds instruments to measure pressure and temperature. Also it is carrying cameras that will capture our Earth.
The device was delivered by a Russian cargo ship earlier this year.
Lima’s National University of Engineering officials say it’s a technological learning experience for them.
The satellite flew freely soon after its launch. After the launching, both Artemiev and Skvortsov set about installing new science experiments outside the Russian portion of ISS and resuming the old ones.
Meanwhile, the Russian Mission Control outside Moscow asked to remain careful as the astronauts moved ahead to their next work site.
Both the astronauts conducted a spacewalk in June, a few months after they moved into the space station.