This is the 1st distant image of the Earth and moon ever captured by a CubeSat. MarCO-B – nicknamed Wall-E by spacecraft engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory – acquired this image on May 9, 2018. Image via NASA JPL.
The Voyager 1 spacecraft took a classic portrait of Earth – the famous Pale Blue Dot image – from several billion miles away in 1990. On May 9, 2018, two tiny, boxy spacecraft known as CubeSats – nicknamed Wall-E and Eva by spaceflight engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California – took their own version of a pale blue dot image, capturing Earth and its moon in one shot.
This is the Mars Cube One or MarCO mission, launched on May 5 along with NASA’s InSight lander. InSight will touch down on Mars this November and study the planet’s deep interior for the first time.
Artist’s concept of the twin MarCO spacecraft – called Wall-E and Eva by spaceflight engineers – as they fly through deep space. The MarCOs will be the first CubeSats to fly to another planet. They’re flying along behind NASA’s InSight lander on its cruise to Mars. If they make the journey, they’ll ...