NASA's first image of Mars from a CubeSat

ScienceDaily | 10/22/2018 | Staff
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One of the twin MarCO CubeSats snapped this image of Mars on Oct. 3 -- the first image of the Red Planet ever produced by this class of tiny, low-cost spacecraft. The two CubeSats are officially called MarCO-A and MarCO-B but nicknamed "EVE" and "Wall-E" by their engineering team.

This image was taken from a distance of roughly 8 million miles (12.8 million kilometers) from Mars. The MarCOs are "chasing" Mars, which is a moving target as it orbits the Sun. In order to be in place for InSight's landing, the CubeSats have to travel roughly 53 million miles (85 million kilometers). They have already traveled 248 million miles (399 million kilometers).

MarCO-B - Camera

MarCO-B's wide-angle camera looks straight out from the...
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