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ISS Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov will manually launch the NANOSAT microsatellite
ISS Russian cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov will manually launch the NANOSAT microsatellite during his course of work in open space March 28. "Since this satellite weighs only five kilograms, Sharipov will simply throw it from himself with two hands like a basketball, with an acceleration of approximately one meter per second. It is necessary to throw the satellite in the direction opposite of the ISS' movement and a little downwards, thereby making it impossible for the satellite to collide with the station in the future," Mission Control Centre (TsUP) representative Valery Lyndin said. According to Lyndin, the space walk, the final walk for the crew of the 10th expedition, will include assembling the aerial of the global positioning system on the external surface of the Zvezda module. "It will be used for docking the Jules Verne new European cargo space ship to the station," he said.
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