Astronauts set loose tiny, 2-pound satellite

August 19, 2014 4:35 PM

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Astronauts set loose tiny, 2-pound satellite

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Spacewalking astronauts launched a tiny Peruvian research satellite Monday, setting it loose on a mission to observe Earth.

Russian Oleg Artemiev cast the 4-inch (10.1-centimetre) box off with his gloved right hand as the International Space Station sailed 260 miles (418 kilometres) above the cloud-flecked planet. The nanosatellite gently tumbled as it cleared the vicinity of the orbiting complex, precisely as planned.

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