CubeSats go to Mars + LightSail 2 lunch & launch
CubeSats heading to Mars!
While our waiting game for the launch of LightSail 2 continues, Jason Davis, our embedded LightSail reporter, has been keeping up on other CubeSat news with his latest blog about CubeSats on their way to Mars and how LightSail and a NASA study helped pave the way for their journey.
MARS CUBE ONE (MARCO) AT MARS
An artist's rendering of the twin Mars Cube One (MarCO) spacecraft flying over Mars with Earth in the distance. The MarCOs will be the first CubeSats—a kind of modular, mini-satellite—flown in deep space. They're designed to fly along behind NASA's InSight lander on its cruise to Mars. If they make the journey, they will test a relay of data about InSight's entry, descent and landing back to Earth. Though InSight's mission will not depend on the success of the MarCOs, they will be a test of how CubeSats can be used in deep space.
Last Chance for the Omaze LightSail Lunch and Launch
Today is the last day of our LightSail 2 Lunch and Launch campaign with Omaze. So, if you wish you had grabbed a "Let's Do Launch" reward, then you can make a donation and still have a chance to be another lucky winner a once-in-a-lifetime experience—joining Bill at Cape Canaveral to witness the launch of LightSail 2 on SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy as VIP.
It will be truly an experience to remember, and YOU can win the chance to join Bill and have a front-row seat. And not only that, you’ll also get lunch with Bill and attend a VIP dinner with fellow space explorers
Visit omaze.com/bill to make your donation and a chance to win. Every gift supports The Planetary Society and projects like LightSail.