On May 5, NASA launched the mission InSight Mars to understand the inner chemistry of the red planet. The lander successfully took off and is on the way to his destination, but not many would know that it is not alone on this journey. The Space Agency has also launched two tiny CubeSats with InSight, one of which shows a beautiful photo of our planet Earth and its moon.
The image of MarCO-B or Wall-E CubeSat shows the earth as a pale blue dot and the moon, a little farther away, as an even weaker sign. The satellite took the shot with its fisheye camera and beamed it back to Earth after the ground control team duly deployed its high gain antenna on May 9th. Since the instrument is critical for transmitting mission data to Earth, it has been used
NASA says the imagery of the Earth Moon Duo is the CubeSat version of Earth's iconic "pale blue dot" portrait, which was taken in 1
CubeSats were originally developed for experimental and research purposes, but now they form a critical part of large commercial missions, NASA said in a release. In this particular case, the pair of tiny CubeSats – MarCO-A & B – is the first ever to embark on a journey into space. His launch broke the record for the farthest satellite in space after being 621,371 miles from Earth on May 8.
"CubeSats have never gone so far into space, that's a big milestone," added Klesh. "Our two CubeSats are healthy and working well, and we look forward to seeing them travel even further."
The agency plans to conduct more tests in the coming weeks, but the CubeSats' main mission is to provide the lander with the Following suit everything in space, the tiny satellites will relay radio data to Earth showing the descent and landing of InSight on Mars.
Although the tiny satellites will not be the main source. Www.eads-nv.de/1024/de/investor/New…irlines.html NASA hopes that their performance through communication with the lander will be a series demonstrating technologies that would allow future missions to launch their own data transmission relays into space, as well as the operation of antennas, radios, and propulsion systems could allow future CubeSats to collect scientific data on distant worlds.