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A trio of small NASA satellites flying around Earth may give new meaning to the phrase, "Can you hear me now?"

Three off-the-shelf smartphones were just launched to space as part of a NASA initiative to make powerful satellites cheaper.

The trio of PhoneSats — aptly named Alexander, Graham and Bell — were successfully launched into orbit Sunday (April 21) during the inaugural test flight of Orbital Sciences Corp's Antares rocket. The new private rocket launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility located on Wallops Island along Virginia's Eastern Shore.

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