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Tiny satellites fall silent after proving new tech at Mars
Published in 6-2-2019
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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Two tiny satellites have fallen silent hundreds of millions of miles away, after proving new technology at Mars. The twin CubeSats, nicknamed WALL-E and EVE, shadowed NASA's InSight lander to Mars last year. As the lander descended to the Martian surface in November, the briefcase-size satellites flew past the red planet, providing real-time updates to ground controllers in this first-of-its-kind experiment. This week, NASA said it hasn't heard from them for more than a month now and doubts it ever will. WALL-E, which had been leaking fuel since liftoff last May, last radioed back on Dec. 29. It's now more than 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometers) beyond Mars. EVE went mum on Jan.
Reference: www.chron.com