Two Tiny Satellites from the InSight Spacecraft will help NASA Observe Mars’s Surface

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NASA’s latest mission to Mars seems to have started on the right foot. As we know, the end of November marked the beginning of a new quest on a mysterious place from outer space. Around that time, InSight, the spacecraft sent by NASA to study Mars’s surface reached its destination.

Once InSight reached the Martian atmosphere, it released two tiny satellites known together as MarCO. These items established a telemetry communication from the spacecraft to Earth, so that every person interested in this mission could see that the landing was successful. Thus, NASA managed to establish their first successful connection with InSight and the environment around the Red Planet.

MarCO will continue to share live images from InSight’s mission

Nowadays, communication and observation means from mission conducted in outer space are much more advanced than they used to be. In the past, scientists couldn’t see much during a spacecraft’s landing on a certain planet. This time, things are different. InSight has on-board radar that sends LIVE footages taken frame by frame back to Earth.

The data is collected by the team monitoring the mission from the control room situated in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from Pasadena, California. Team members are very excited about the fact that they can find out more information faster thanks to MarCO satellites.

In fact, the two tiny satellites are also known as CubeSats or standardized mini-spacecraft. NASA initially developed them with educational purpose, but they soon discovered that the items can be used in other purposes as well. They use a new type of antenna for sending a low-powered radio signal back on Earth. In addition, MarCO is powered by a new type of propulsion system.

InSight’s mission on Mars continues and team members will share more information as soon as they learn more. Now, scientists can move on to new discoveries and it looks like they’ve started working on a new mini-satellite which will start its own mission. The new item will have to study an asteroid situated close to Earth.


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