Photos: Deploying the Small Russian Sfera Satellite from the Space Station

A small ball-shaped science satellite is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 32 crew member after its deployment during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene. ISS032-E-021087 (20 Aug. 2012) --- high res (0.8 M) low res (58 K)

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Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, Expedition 32 commander, deploys a small ball-shaped science satellite during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) to continue outfitting the International Space Station. During the five-hour, 51-minute spacewalk, Padalka and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko (out of frame), flight engineer, also moved the Strela-2 cargo boom from the Pirs docking compartment to the Zarya module to prepare Pirs for its eventual replacement with a new Russian multipurpose laboratory module. The two spacewalking cosmonauts also installed micrometeoroid debris shields on the exterior of the Zvezda service module. ISS032-E-020601 (20 Aug. 2012) --- high res (1.0 M) low res (76 K)

ISS032-E-020596 (20 Aug. 2012) --- high res (1.1 M) low res (78 K)

Five of the six Expedition 32 crew members pose for a photo with a small ball-shaped science satellite in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station. Pictured on the front row are Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka (center), Expedition 32 commander; along with Russian cosmonaut Sergei Revin (left) and NASA astronaut Sunita Williams, both flight engineers. Pictured on the back row are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide (left) and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, both flight engineers. The satellite will be deployed during the spacewalk scheduled for Aug. 20. ISS032-E-019583 (19 Aug. 2012) --- high res (1.5 M) low res (113 K)

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