MarCO or Mars Cube One mission is designed and executed by NASA that targets to find whether CubeSats, the spacecraft that measures equivalent to a briefcase, was able to survive its journey to the deep space or not.
Now, MarCO is able to see Mars. CubeSats has also sent the image of Mars that was clicked on October 3, 2018. This is the first-ever image of the neighboring planet that was snapped from the low-cost and tiny spacecraft. The image was clicked from a distance of 8 million miles, which is 12.8 million kilometers from the Red planet. In order to be in place of the landing site of InSight, CubeSats will have to cover the distance of 53 million miles. The twin CubeSats are termed as MarCO-A, with a nickname EVE and MarCO-B, with a nickname Wall-E for the convenience of the engineering team.
A camera on the top of the MarCO-B, which is of wide angle, has produced the image. Also, the mission of MarCO, led by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or NASA, Pasadena, California, is looking forward to producing more such images as the CubeSats is approaching March. This journey will also reveal the capabilities of communication as the InSight spacecraft of NASA will try to land of the surface of the planet.
The MarCOs are following a moving target, which is orbiting around the Sun. It has already traveled 248 million miles before the picture was snapped. Mars appeared as a small red dot on the right-hand corner of the photograph.
In order to take the image, the team associated with MarCO had to rotate the entire spacecraft in order to get a clear image of the planet. According to the mission manager at JPL of MarRO, Cody Colley, they had to wait for 6 months to get to this point of the mission.