PIA00616: Lander, Airbags, & Martian Terrain
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Pathfinder Lander
 Instrument:  Imager for Mars Pathfinder 
 Product Size:  640 x 480 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Producer ID:  P48823 MRPS81282
 Addition Date:  1997-07-05
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA00616.tif (670.3 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA00616.jpg (23.42 kB)

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Several objects have been imaged by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP) during the spacecraft's first day on Mars. Portions of the deflated airbags, part of one the lander's petals, soil, and several rocks are visible. The furrows in the soil were artificially produced by the retraction of the airbags after landing, which occurred at 10:07 a.m. PDT.

The IMP is a stereo imaging system with color capability provided by 24 selectable filters -- twelve filters per "eye."

Photojournal note: Sojourner spent 83 days of a planned seven-day mission exploring the Martian terrain, acquiring images, and taking chemical, atmospheric and other measurements. The final data transmission received from Pathfinder was at 10:23 UTC on September 27, 1997. Although mission managers tried to restore full communications during the following five months, the successful mission was terminated on March 10, 1998.

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