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Space Station's Cubesat Launcher Has Mind of Its Own

Flight controllers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston determined that two CubeSats had been inadvertently released. [CubeSat Photos: Tiny Satellites Launched from Space Station]Last week, two more of Planet Lab's shoebox-sized Earth imaging satellites launched themselves from aboard the International Space Station, the latest in a series of technical mysteries involving a commercially owned CubeSat deployer located outside Japan's Kibo laboratory module.

Station commander Steve Swanson was storing some blood samples in one of the station's freezers Friday morning when he noticed that the doors on NanoRack's cubesat deployer were open, said NASA mission commentator Pat Ryan.


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