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Astronauts conduct spacewalk outside space station

/ 10:41 PM August 18, 2014

This photo provided by NASA shows a tiny Peruvian research satellite, right of center, launched by spacewalking astronauts aboard the International Space Station, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. The satellite, weighing barely 2 pounds, holds instruments to measure temperature and pressure and cameras that will photograph Earth. (AP Photo/NASA)

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — Two space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk.

Russians Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemiev ventured out Monday. They will set loose a tiny Peruvian research satellite, install fresh science experiments and retrieve old ones.

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The nanosatellite is just 4 inches (10 centimeters) square and barely 2 pounds (less than 1 kilogram). It holds cameras that will aim at Earth. It’s a technological learning experience for the National University of Engineering in Lima.

The satellite is named Chasqui after the Inca messengers who were fleet of foot.

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Meanwhile, American spacewalks remain on hold. NASA hoped to resume spacewalks this month after a yearlong investigation but delayed the activity until fall to get fresh spacesuit batteries on board. The SpaceX company will deliver the batteries on a Dragon supply ship next month.

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