Tiny satellite took off Earth from a distance of 1 million kilometers
May 5, when NASA launched its lander InSight Mars, along with it sent two small satellites are absolutely identical, which were called Mars Cube One. They are not larger than a travel bag. Recently, one of them took a picture of the earth from a distance of 1 million kilometers. This was done in order to honor the image of the pale blue dot, created by the Voyager spacecraft in 1990.
The Earth - a small point, which floats in the endless black void. It is difficult to think of it, being on the surface, but a new picture from NASA once again proves this fact.
Tiny modular spacecraft, known as kubsaty (CubeStats), currently follow to Mars with InSight. They are called MarCO-A and MarCO-B. Today, they are considered to be the most compact satellites ever send on the moon.
May 9 passed the tests, and MarCO-B, which the engineers also called Wall-E, made his first photograph in history. It was made in order to test the deployment of the antenna. However, in the distance you can see the two objects - is the Earth and its moon. This photo was taken at a distance of 1 million kilometers away from our home planet.
"Consider it our respect," Voyager "," - said Andy Flared, chief engineer MarCO. CubeSats ships had never gone so far in space, and today MarCO-A and MarCO-B working perfectly fine, traveling farther. Their main task is to check CubeSats advantages in deep space. If at least one of a pair of satellites will reach Mars, we can get a faster and more complete information on InSight attempt to land on the planet's surface.