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Satellites keep getting smaller. This one weighs less than a smartphone

64 grams

What is possibly the lightest satellite ever made, weighing only 64 grams, will fly into space in a NASA mission in June.

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64 grams

It was created by 18-year-old Indian student Rifath Sharook.

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Space Kidz India

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64 grams

Increasingly popular, small satellites are cheaper and faster to make than traditional ones.

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Space Kidz India

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64 grams

Weighing a max of 100 kg, some are sold online as kits, and allow companies, researchers, and hobbyists to create their own satellites.

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64 grams

In recent years, microsatellites made it possible for countries like Estonia, Iraq, Lithuania, and Uruguay to launch their first satellites.

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