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What did the Pathfinder discover on Mars?

What did the Pathfinder discover on Mars?

The Pathfinder mission led to multiple scientific discoveries about the red planet, including the following: Panoramic images of Pathfinder’s landing site at Ares Vallis and the presence of rounded pebbles and cobbles suggested that Mars had a warmer, wetter past.

What explored Mars in 1997?

NASA’s Pathfinder mission
Mars exploration took a big leap 20 years ago today. On July 4, 1997, NASA’s Pathfinder mission touched down on the Red Planet, delivering an eponymous lander and a small rover called Sojourner — the agency’s first wheeled Mars craft — to the surface.

What did the rover from the Pathfinder do in 1997?

The rover made measurements of the elements found in those rocks and in the martian soil, while the lander took pictures of the Sojourner and the surrounding terrain, in addition to making climate observations.

What was the goal of the Pathfinder probe?

About the mission The Mars Pathfinder mission, designed to demonstrate a low-cost method for delivering a set of science instruments to the Red Planet, was the first wheeled vehicle to be used on any other planet in the solar system and served as the foundation for the Mars rovers of today.

When did the Mars Pathfinder Land on Mars?

Mars Exploration Section Missions. Mars Pathfinder. Mars Pathfinder was launched December 4, 1996 and landed on Mars’ Ares Vallis on July 4, 1997. It was designed as a technology demonstration of a new way to deliver an instrumented lander and the first-ever robotic rover to the surface of the red planet.

What kind of Rover is on Mars Pathfinder?

NASA’s Mars Pathfinder & Sojourner Rover (360 View): Explore the landing site of NASA’s Pathfinder mission to Mars with your mouse or mobile device. This 360-degree panorama includes the lander’s companion rover, Sojourner, and top science targets. NOTE: Not all browsers support viewing 360 videos/images.

What was the name of the NASA rover that landed on Mars?

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover mission is complete after 15 years on Mars. Opportunity’s record-breaking exploration laid the groundwork for future missions to the Red Planet. In deploying its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, the lander completes a major mission milestone.

When did the Sojourner rover land on Mars?

July 4, 1997: Mars landing July 5 to 25 Sept. 1997: Sojourner rover operated on the surface Sept. 27, 1997: End of mission In Depth: Mars Pathfinder