The Mars Helicopter, an unmanned rotorcraft, will travel with the agency's Mars 2020 rover mission, now scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.
One of the CubeSats, called Marco-b and affectionately known as "Wall-E", used a wide angle "fisheye" lens to snap the photo on May 9. As a bonus, the team captured the Earth and the Moon in the shot.
According to NASA, the Earth-Moon duo photograph is the CubeSat version of the classic "pale blue dot" portrait of Earth which was taken from several billion miles away by Voyager 1 back in 1990.
Voyager 1 and 2 took advantage of a once in a lifetime event where a spacecraft could use the gravitational pull from different celestial bodies to visit all four giant outer planets - Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
The result was an image that Sagan made famous in his 1994 book "Pale Blue Dot" - an image showing Earth as a barely visible bluish dot.
"Consider it our homage to Voyager", said Andy Klesh, MarCO's chief engineer.
"CubeSats have never gone this far into space before, so its a big milestone". "Both our Cubesats are healthy and functioning properly. We're looking forward to seeing them travel even farther", he added.
Cubesats are becoming relatively common in Earth orbit, where they test various technologies, study and image Earth, and perform a number of other tasks.
NASA has always been able to check out Mars on the ground with rovers and landers and from far above with orbital spacecraft. Earlier this week, they also proved the concept of small robotic satellites might be a game changer.
A cubesat is a miniature satellite that has been sent into space. They're about the size of a briefcase before the antenna and solar panels deploy. The better news is that Earth and the moon showed up in the frame as well. Though they were originally developed to teach university students about satellites, CubeSats are now a major commercial technology, providing data on everything from shipping routes to environmental changes.
Nasa chose to release the image taken by the minuscule satellites in homage to one of the space exploration programmes most famous predecessors, the Voyager missions. Its launch broke the record for the farthest such satellite in space after crossing 621,371 miles from Earth on May 8.
"After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate in Washington.
"Instead, we have an autonomous capability that will be able to receive and interpret commands from the ground, and then fly the mission on its own", she said.
NASA is going to work on more antenna deployment tests in upcoming tests.
Texas also canceled its 2023 home game with UCF , which was scheduled for the week it will now travel to play at Alabama . In 2020, Texas is scheduled to play South Florida ( Sept. 5 ), at LSU (Sept. 12) and now UTEP ( Sept. 19 ).
But it sounds like Johnson may get a chance to air his grievances with Belichick (and potentially Kraft) in the near future. You only get to do this job one time, so let's have fun while we're doing it. "I know that he's a great player".
Samsung's semiconductor business reported an operating profit of 35.2 trillion won (a whopping £24.5 billion) in 2017. Samsung's System LSI business saw a 27 percent rise in shipments previous year , Counterpoint says.
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And users will be able to access their local channels, like ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, when they're away from their home market. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm now covers just about everything.
Ramazan moon sighted, holy month to begin tomorrow
The meeting was held at the main office of the Meteorological Department where evidence of moon sighting was collected. In Karachi , the sun will set at 7:10 PM, and there will be 61 minutes window for sighting the moon.
Iran diplomat visits China for talks on nuclear deal crisis
Facing that reality, Le Maire said the European Union should strengthen its own legal arsenal against any such future US threats. Foreign companies that do business in the country have also been banned from accessing American banking and financial systems.
Two Sherpas smash own Everest summit records
Phurba Tashi, 47, retired from high-altitude climbing in 2013 but still works at Everest's Base Camp helping organise expeditions. Summits are underway every day since May 13 after the eight rope-fixing team members opened the climbing route for all climbers.
Macy's same-store sales growth trumps estimates, shares rise
During the quarter, Macy's also made $24 million in gains on real estate sales and spent $19 million winding down Macy's China. The retailer's 4.2 per cent rise in same-store sales in the first quarter easily topped Wall Street's 1.4 per cent estimate .
Kellogg's latest U.S. brand to close door on Venezuela
The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company had already changed the way it counted results from that operation at the end of 2016. Authorities in Venezuela have seized a plant owned by the American cereal manufacturer Kellogg.
Chlorine gas probably used in attack in Syria's Idlib: OPCW
The team exhumed bodies and gathered more than 100 environmental samples now being analysed in different OPCW-designated labs. The FFM's report on the Saraqib incident has been shared with States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention.