First Interplanetary CubeSats to Launch on NASA’s 2016 InSight Mars Lander
NASA’s two small MarCO CubeSats will be flying past Mars in 2016 just as NASA’s next Mars lander, InSight, is descending to land on the surface. MarCO, for Mars Cube One, will provide an experimental communications relay to inform Earth quickly about the landing. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
CubeSats are taking the next great leap for science – departing Earth and heading soon for the fourth rock from the Sun.
For the first time, two tiny CubeSat probes will launch into deep space in early 2016 on their first interplanetary expedition – aiming for the Red Planet as part of an experimental technology relay demonstration project for NASA’s next Mission to Mars; the InSight lander.(…)
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