NASA successfully deployed for the first time CubeSat in the Martian orbit, opening a new door for smaller planetary spacecraft.
Mission landing signal Insight he was Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) NASA in Pasadena, California, through one of two small CubeSats MarCO (Mars Cube One), which were launched on the same rocket as the InSight, and MarsThese are the first CubeSats sent to deep space.
After successfully conducting a series of communications and flight experiments framework the twins were put in place to receive gear during entry, descent and landing Insightwho satisfactorily referred to the control of the mission.
Insight will operate on the surface during the Martian year plus 40 Martian days or suns until November 24, 2020. The objectives of the mission are two small framework who transmitted the telemetry Insight they were completed after their Martian span.
Frame-b, one of CubeSat, took the image of Mars from about six thousand kilometers during its flight on November 26, 2018.
“This is a big step for our intrepid, robust, explorer-sized robots,” said Joel Krajewski, Project Manager framework in JPL. "I think that CubeSat he has a great future beyond the orbit of the Earth, and the MarCO team is pleased to open the way.
Director JPL, Michael Watkins, stated that CubeSats MarCO Experimental "also opened a new door for small planetary spacecraft. The success of these two unique missions is a tribute to hundreds of talented engineers and scientists who have put their genius and work to make this wonderful day."
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