du NASA Successfully first opened CubeSat In Martian orbit, they open a new door for planetary spacecraft.
Mission landing signal InSight was transmitted Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) NASA In Pasadena, California, through two small ones CubeSats MarCO (Mars Cube One), then launched in InSight's rocket Mars. These are the first deep CubeSats space sent.
After successfully performing some communications and flight browsing experiments, framework Twins were placed in positions received during the descent and landing InSight, which mentions the control of the mission.
InSight The Martian Year is set to start up, in 40 days or in the sun, until November 24, 2020. The purpose of these two missions framework he transmitted telemetry InSight They ended up flying in Martian.
Marko-B, one CubeSatMars took an image of about six miles from November 26, 2018.
"That's a big step in our robot explorer's role as a poster," said Joel Krajewski, director of the project. framework JPL-n. "I think that CubeSat It has a great future over the Earth's orbit, and the MarCO team is happy to open the way. "
Director JPL, Michael Watkins, says CubeSats MarCO Experimentals "opened the door to open the door for smaller spacecraft". The success of these two missions is that talented engineers and scientists pay homage to their genius and work day. "
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