PIA00774: New Perspective of Undeployed Rover
 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:  3000 x 2000 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Producer ID:  P48857 MRPS80973
 Addition Date:  1997-08-06
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA00774.tif (9.14 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA00774.jpg (325.1 kB)

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This image features a different perspective of one of the first pictures taken by the Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP) lander shortly after its touchdown at 10:07 AM Pacific Daylight Time on July 4. The image has been transformed to a perspective that would match that of an observer standing at the point the image was taken. Sojourner is seen in the foreground in its stowed position on a solar panel of the lander. Both ramps, the rear of which Sojourner would use on July 5 to safely descend to the Martian surface, were still undeployed when this image was taken. The double hills called "Twin Peaks" are clearly visible in the background.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, developed and manages the Mars Pathfinder mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Imager for Mars Pathfinder (IMP) was developed by the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory under contract to JPL. Peter Smith is the Principal Investigator.

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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