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Cosmonauts head outside space station to tackle to-do list: launch satellite, install experiments, do housekeeping

Published on Aug 19, 2014 1:50 AM
This August 18, 2014 frame grab from Nasa TV shows Oleg Artemyev, one of two Russian astronauts working outside the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday. The Expedition 40 spacewalkers ventured outside the ISS to deploy a nanosatellite (floating at upper-right), retrieve and install experiment packages and inspect components on the exterior of the orbital laboratory. -- PHOTO: AFP 

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (REUTERS) - A pair of Russian cosmonauts began their workweek on Monday floating outside the International Space Station to toss out a small satellite for a university in Peru, install science experiments and tackle some housekeeping chores.

First out of the hatch was cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev, who stood on ladder outside the station's Pirs airlock to release a 1kg, 10cm cube-shaped satellite built by students at the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru.

Video broadcast on Nasa Television showed the satellite, called Chasqui-1, tumbling away from the back of the station as it sailed about 418km above the southern Pacific Ocean.

The solar-powered spacecraft, whose name means "messenger" in Incan, is outfitted with visible and infrared cameras to take pictures of Earth and sensors to measure temperature and pressure as it orbits.

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