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Mars Pathfinder

Mars Pathfinder

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Mars Pathfinder

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  1. Mars Pathfinder Bill Hewins

  2. Mission Objective: Technological Capability • Low cost landings on and exploration of Martian surface • Characterize the Martian environment for further exploration

  3. Mission Objective: Technological Capability • Deliver an instrumented lander and free ranging rover to surface of Mars • New method of landing on surface

  4. Drop, Bounce & Roll

  5. Pathfinder landing site

  6. Success or Failure? • Lander sent back 16,500 images • Rover sent back 550 images • 16 chemical analyses of rocks and soil • 8.5 million measurements of atmospheric pressure, temerature and wind

  7. What’s next? Within the next few years Between the next 10 to 1000 years

  8. Questions?

  9. Sources • http://www.cnn.com • http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov • http://www.solarviews.com • http://www.marstraveller.cjb.net • http://www.jpl.nasa.gov