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To MARS with MER - RESEARCH/ers
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.
NASA Engineer, voice over:
comms, a weak signal is coming in...