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Mars-Bound Satellite Sends Back Photo Of Earth
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16 May 2018 06:19 AM EST

A "CubeSat" spacecraft en route to Mars recently snapped a photo of Earth.
When NASA launched its InSight Mars lander, it also sent along two small, identical satellites
These are collectively known as Mars Cube One, or MarCO.
The satellites are roughly the size of a backpack, and are currently 621,371 miles away (and counting).
The photo is meant to honor the "pale blue dot" image taken by Voyager in 1990.
This new image shows Earth and the moon... but both are incredibly tiny.
And as MarCO continues its voyage, we're only gonna get smaller.
"CubeSats have never gone this far into space before, so it's a big milestone. Both our CubeSats are healthy and functioning properly. We're looking forward to seeing them travel even farther." Andy Klesh, MarCO's chief engineer at NASA-JPL

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