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Aboard the International Space Station (@ISS), astronaut Jack Fisher “spied this cool view through the Japanese Airlock,” which gives astronauts the “great capability…to pass science in & out to space!” Part of the Japanese pressurized module called Kibo, which means "hope" in Japanese, the scientific airlock allows experiments to be transferred and exposed to the external environment of space.

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Items positioned on the exterior platform outside the airlock focus on Earth observation as well as communication, scientific, engineering and materials science experiments. The interior of Kibo is maintained at one atmosphere of pressure, providing the crew a suitable working environment for activities such as experiments, robotic operations, voice communications with the ground, and checkout or maintenance activities. The airlock in Kibo is not designed for the entry or exit of crew members during spacewalks. Image Credit: NASA
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