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May 14th, 2019
New Satellite Installed on Japanese Kibo Module

On May 9, 2019, NASA’s OCO-3 satellite was removed from the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and robotically installed on the exterior of the International Space Station’s Japanese Experiment Module-Exposed Facility (Kibo), the space station’s largest module.

Since then, a functional checkout should have been performed and the OCO-3’s Pointing Mirror Assembly (PMA) should be deployed. The PMA and context cameras then will perform an initial survey of OCO-3’s surroundings to make sure nothing unexpected is interfering with its view of Earth. Click here for updates.

Credit: NASA