Several objects were imaged by NASA's Mars Pathfinder (IMP) during the spacecraft's first day on Mars, July 4, 1997. Portions of the deflated airbags, part of one the lander's petals, soil, and several rocks are visible.

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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