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MarCO (Polo!) & Insight   Unmanned Mission Updates

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When NASA launches its next mission on the journey to Mars - a stationary lander in 2016 - the flight will include two CubeSats. This will be the first time CubeSats have flown in deep space. If this flyby demonstration is successful, the technology will provide NASA the ability to quickly transmit status information about the main spacecraft after it lands on Mars.

MarCO will launch in March 2016 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California on the same United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket as NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander. Insight is NASA's first mission to understand the interior structure of the Red Planet. MarCO will fly by Mars while InSight is landing, in September 2016.

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The Insight lander being assembled.

Installing the InSight spacecraft's parachute cone

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Lowering InSight's cruise stage onto back shell

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Lowering back shell

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Solar-Array Deployment test

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The solar arrays on NASA's InSight lander

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InSight cruise stage and lander in assembly

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InSight Lander in assembly

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Finalist site for the next Mars landing.

This map shows the single area under continuing evaluation

 

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