PIA04312: Sojourner's First Images From Mars
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Pathfinder (MPF)
Spacecraft: Mars Pathfinder Rover
Instrument: Imager for Mars Pathfinder
Product Size: 788 x 410 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: California Institute of Technology
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These images are views of the Mars Pathfinder Lander's forward ramp before (top image) and after (bottom image) deployment. Some data from the before image was lost due to rover-lander communication problems.

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/Caltech

Image Addition Date:
2003-03-11