You can explore the landing site of NASA's Pathfinder mission with your mouse or mobile device. This 360-degree view uses images taken in 1997 displayed using present-day technology. It includes the lander's companion rover, Sojourner - the first rover on Mars- and top science targets.
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Pathfinder arrived at Mars on July 4, 1997, using a new airbag technology to cushion the landing. From landing until the final data transmission on Sept. 27, 1997, Pathfinder returned 2.3 billion bits of information, including more than 16,500 images from the lander and 550 from the rover.
Pathfinder lived up to its name by paving the way for future NASA Mars rovers, including the Mars Exploration rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which used similar airbag technology to land in January 2004, and Curiosity, which landed in August 2012 utilizing a daring and innovative sky crane technology. Opportunity and Curiosity continue operating on the surface of Mars and returning data.
Click the links below to find out more about each point of interest.
Pathfinder Lander and Sojourner Rover
Mission Facts [PDF]:
Rock and Soil Types
This vista was stitched together from many images taken in 1997 by Pathfinder. For more information, visit these sites:
Pathfinder and Sojourner figure into Mark Watney's quest for survival on the Red Planet in the book and movie, "The Martian." See JPL's role in making "The Martian" a reality:
Discover nine real NASA technologies that play role in "The Martian" at:
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Pathfinder and Sojourner were built and managed by JPL, which also manages NASA's Mars program, the agency's Mars Science Laboratory and its Curiosity rover, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Mars Odyssey orbiter and the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project.
Learn more about NASA's "Journey to Mars" at:
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