Cubesats Relay Live Entry, Descent And Landing Telemetry From Mars

Credit: NASA/JPL
It could have taken up to 3 hr. for NASA to learn if its InSight spacecraft survived the do-or-die plunge into Mars’ atmosphere, supersonic parachute descent and retrorocket landing near the planet’s equator. Instead, an $18 million pair of cubesats, put together from a mix of off-the-shelf items...

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