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The environment of the Mars Pathfinder landing site



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The environment of the Mars Pathfinder landing site
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Upper image: This image was assembled from a great many individual images to create a 360-degree panorama of the environment surrounding the Mars Pathfinder landing site on Mars. It shows the Rover Sojourner, which, after leaving the landing station down the yellow ramp in the foreground, drove past the rock known as 'Barnacle Bill' and is seen here starting to investigate 'Yogi'. 'Broken Wall', which is reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall, is located to the right of this image, in the 'Rock Garden', to the left side and below the left summit of the eye-catching 'Twin Peaks' formation.

Lower image: The landing of the NASA Mars Pathfinder space probe on 4 July 1997 was followed with great interest by the general public. In particular, the journey made by the tiny rover, Sojourner, a vehicle no larger than a shoebox, travelling down the landing station ramp and out to the various rock formations in the surrounding area, attracted great attention from the media. This image shows the original mosaic – still with many image defects – in the days following the landing on Mars, used in the mission control centre as an orientation aid. 'Broken Wall', which is reminiscent of the fall of the Berlin Wall, is located to the right of this image, in the 'Rock Garden', to the left side below the left summit of the eye-catching 'Twin Peaks' formation.

Credit: NASA/JPL/RPIF/DLR, Matt Golombek/JPL.
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