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    Speaking of Chemistry set a course for JPL to learn about NASA’s plans for cubesats, little satellites with interplanetary aspirations.

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    Andy Klesh of the Jet Propulsion Lab welcomes us to the cleanroom to talk about how satellites smaller than a briefcase could one day explore the chemistry of alien moons and planets.

    But first, Andy and his team have to show that cubesats can make it to other planets like NASA’s more conventional, more expensive, and much larger satellites.

    That’s where Mars Cube One, or MarCO, comes in.

    Watch to learn more

    Check out even more on NASA’s cubesat missions here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cubesats/

    For even more info, check out these references and sources:
    A New Dawn For CubeSats | C&EN
    http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i4/New-Dawn-CubeSats.html

    Juno set to explore Jupiter | C&EN
    http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i29/Juno-set-explore-Jupiter.html

    CubeSat Propulsion Systems | VACCO
    http://www.cubesat-propulsion.com/

    MarCO: First Interplanetary CubeSat Mission | JPL
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cubesat/missions/marco.php

    Crazy Engineering: CubeSats | JPL
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1411

    MarCO: First Interplanetary CubeSat Mission | JPL (source of MarCO deployment animation)
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/cubesat/missions/marco.php

    Crazy Engineering: CubeSats | JPL (source of other cubesat clips)
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1411

    CubeSat Propulsion Systems | VACCO (source of thruster image)
    http://www.cubesat-propulsion.com/

    Curiosity’s Seven Minutes of Terror | JPL (source of Curiosity landing animation)
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php?id=1090

    Scientists to Io: Your Volcanoes Are in the Wrong Place | NASA (source of Io volcano clip)
    http://www.nasa.gov/topics/solarsystem/features/io-volcanoes-displaced.html

    NASA Targets May 2018 Launch of Mars InSight Mission | NASA
    http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-targets-may-2018-launch-of-mars-insight-mission/

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