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—including fire extinguisher propellant for the spacecraft’s eight tiny thrusters—and Jet Propulsion Laboratory-designed telecommunications equipment, served as ...


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