Space Exploration

NASA Loses Contact With Mars CubeSats, as Expected

  Unlike most interplanetary missions, NASA’s InSight lander didn’t make the journey to Mars alone. The MarCO (Mars Cube One) satellites headed into space on the same rocket, and the shadowed InSight all the way to its encounter with Mars. These tiny satellites were not essential to InSight, but they …

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NASA Orbiter Spies China’s Chang’e-4 Lander

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently caught a view of China National Space Administration’s Chang’e-4 lander on the lunar surface. A January 30, 2019, image from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter orbiting the Moon shows Chang’e 4 lander; arrows indicate position of the lander on the floor of Von Karman crater; …

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