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NASA Image of SuitSat in Space

Status Report From: Johnson Space Center
Posted: Saturday, February 11, 2006

ISS012-E-16905 (3 Feb. 2006) Larger images

Backdropped by the blackness of space and Earth's horizon, a spacesuit-turned-satellite called SuitSat began its orbit around the Earth after it was released by the Expedition 12 crewmembers during a session of extravehicular activity (EVA) on Feb. 3, 2006.

SuitSat, an unneeded Russian Orlan spacesuit, was outfitted by the crew with three batteries, internal sensors and a radio transmitter, which faintly transmitted recorded voices of school children to amateur radio operators worldwide.

The suit will enter the atmosphere and burn up in a few weeks.

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