Photos: First space suit satellite launched

Photos: First space suit satellite launched

Summary: International Space Station astronauts launch a satellite made from a worn-out space suit.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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    SuitSat-1 is believed to be the first "do it yourself" satellite. Parts were sent on space station resupply missions and stuffed into an old spacesuit. SuitSat-1 could last in orbit up to six weeks.

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    Here's a look at SuitSat-1 after it was stuffed and prepared for launch. Note the controls and antenna on the helmet, and the handle at the waist for the astronaut to hurl the satellite into its own orbit.

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    In its better days, the Russian Orlan spacesuit was worn by ISS astronaut Mike Finke during a spacewalk in 2004.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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