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Japanese astronaut Wakata releases micro-satellites from ISS

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata has released micro-satellites from the International Space Station.

Wakata used a robotic arm to release the 3 satellites into space at around 12:15 UTC on Tuesday.

The palm-sized devices were delivered to the station by Japan’s unmanned cargo carrier in August.

One of the 3 satellites was jointly developed by Japan and Vietnam. It will take photos of the Earth and will also be used for amateur radio experiments.

Astronaut Wakata to be 1st Japanese Captain of ISS

Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata will stay at the International Space Station for six months starting at the end of 2013 and will serve as the first Japanese captain of the ISS in the last two months of the mission, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday. It will be the fourth space mission for Wakata, 47, and also be his second long-term assignment, the organization known as JAXA said. Wakata will be shuttled to the ISS aboard Russia’s Soyuz, it said.

"I am fully realizing the importance of the mission," Wakata said in a statement.

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