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Mars Pathfinder

As part of NASA's Discovery Program, on December 2, 1996, a Delta II rocket launched Mars Pathfinder on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet. On July 4, 1997, Pathfinder successfully landed on the surface of Mars with Sojourner, its six-wheeled rover. This Discovery-class mission is a demonstration of a faster, better and cheaper way to land on Mars. What is unique about this particular mission is that the spacecraft landed on Mars without first entering into orbit about the planet and that it carried the first rover to explore the Martian surface.

The Mars Pathfinder project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California.





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