November 20, 2013
(4 Oct. 2012) --- Several tiny satellites are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 33 crew member on the International Space Station. The satellites were released outside the Kibo laboratory using a Small Satellite Orbital Deployer attached to the Japanese module's robotic arm on Oct. 4, 2012. 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. Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Environment, Technology Internet, Kibo, Japanese space program, Spaceflight, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Akihiko Hoshide, STS-124, International Space Station