In this episode of the SpaceGeeks podcast, Dan Leone talks to Farah Alibay, an early career engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory working on NASA’s first-ever interplanetary cubesat — a space-worthy communications relay about the size of a jumbo cereal box.

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NASA’s website for the Mars Cube One (MarCO) satellites Farah helped design.

PDF of Farah’s doctoral thesis at MIT. Spoiler alert: Involves small spacecraft.

Theatrical trailer for The Fast and the Furious, featuring the sickest Toyotas you’ve ever seen.

Dan Leone is a SpaceNews staff writer, covering NASA, NOAA and a growing number of entrepreneurial space companies. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public communications from the American University in Washington.