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Mars Pathfinder Mission

In a spectacular night launch, on December 4, 1996, it was off to Mars...

Back at JPL, the Pathfinder team just kept on working, testing scenarios for what might perhaps go wrong when they landed.

They rehearsed how to drive the rover with special 3-d software and fancy glasses... and Project Manager Tony Spear worried about the all-important entry, descent and landing sequence...


Tony Spear
Project Manager, Mars Pathfinder
JPL, NASA / CaltechQ

"Five years of work now boils down to 5 minutes for entry, descent and landing...

On July 4th, all eyes were on Pathfinder, eavesdropping on the scientists and engineers in Mission Control.

(actuality scenes)
NASA Engineer, voice over:
comms, a weak signal is coming in...

Roger that...

OK, we’ve got a good strong signal...

(wild cheers)

Pathfinder had landed safely.

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 • 2001 Mars Odyssey
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 • Viking Project
 • Mariner
Websites:
 • Mars Pathfinder - time of landing
 • Mars Pathfinder - end of mission
Additional Links:
 • Mars Exploration Homepage
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 • The Nine Planets
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