NASA prepares to send CubeSats to Mars

Artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft as they fly through deep space

When NASA’s InSight mission to Mars lifts off on May 5 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, it won’t be alone. Nestled inside the Atlas V launcher on the aft bulkhead carrier of the Centaur upper stage will be two CubeSats that will make up the Mars Cube One mission or MarCO. The 14.4 x 9.5 inches x by 4.6 in (36.6 x 24.3 x 11.8 cm) miniature spacecraft will be the first CubeSats to be deployed into deep space and will demonstrate new technologies for future interplanetary missions.

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Publicado el 21 de abril del 2018