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Release on updated images of Kibo's internal drone "Int-Ball" (Int-Ball Letter Vol. 5)

Last Updated: September 11, 2017

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has disclosed "Int-Ball Letter" Vol. 5 in which the latest video of the Kibo's internal drone on the International Space Station (ISS) is presented.

This time, we will introduce how Int-Ball has grown as a buddy of ISS crew members. After its launch in June 2017, Int-Ball underwent the initial checkout on the ISS by NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson and Astronaut Jack Fischer.

They returned to Earth on September 3, 2017 (JST). Let's get a glimpse of the 3-month challenge and interaction that Int-Ball and they had on the ISS.

JEM Internal Ball Camera (Int-Ball) (3m16s) (Credit:JAXA)

Int-Ball Letter Vol. 1: Started working in space!
Int-Ball Letter Vol. 2: Body control
Int-Ball Letter Vol. 3: Exploring inside "Kibo"!
Int-Ball Letter Vol. 4: Encounter with Astronaut Kanai
See here for further information on Int-Ball and the first disclosures of images: 
First disclosure of images taken by the Kibo's internal drone "Int-Ball"
See here for further information on the Miniaturized Attitude Control Sensors and Actuators in an All-in-one Module installed in the Int-Ball: 
JAXA Research and Development Directorate

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