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 (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P48823
MRPS81282
Addition Date: 1997-07-05
Primary Data Set: MARS_PATHFINDER_PAGE
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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.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1997-07-05