Y NASA I have successfully used for the first time CubeSats is a Martian orbit, opening a new door for a smaller planetary spacecraft.
The signal landing signal InSight I was transferred to Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and NASA in Pasadena, California, through one of the two small CubeSats MARCO (Mars Cube One), which was launched on the same rocket with InSight and followed Mars. Here is the first CubeSats that will be sent to a deep place.
After successfully running a series of communications and on-flight experiments, the MarCO Twins were put in place to receive broadcasts during access, collapse and landing InSight, which referred to the management of the mission satisfactorily.
InSight acting on the surface during the Martian year, together with 40 days on Tuesday or sun, until November 24, 2020. The mission objectives of both small MarCO who transferred the telemetry from InSight They've been completed after their Martian flight.
MarCO-B, one or more CubeSats, he took a Mars image of about six thousand kilometers away during its flight on November 26, 2018.
"That's a great deal for incredible robotic crew size researchers," said Joel Krajewski, project manager for MarCO in JPL. "I believe that CubeSats it has a great future beyond the Earth's orbit, and the MarCO team is happy to open the way. "
Director of the JPL, Michael Watkins, said that CubeSats MARCO Experimental "has also opened a new door for a smaller planetary spacecraft." The success of these two unique trips is a tribute to the hundreds of talented engineers and scientists who give their splendor and work to do this is a great day. "
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