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MRO Pinpoints Mars Pathfinder

Friday, January 12, 2007

Image of Pathfinder mission landing site
Close-up of the Pathfinder Mission landing site.
Image credit: NASA/JPL/Univ. of Arizona

Using the high-resolution camera, HiRISE, on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft, visual clues such as peaks and craters seen in earlier images, and old-fashioned detective skills, scientists were able to identify the landing site for the 1997 Pathfinder mission's rover Sojourner within a vast landscape of seemingly homogenous Martian terrain.

More: NASA - Pathfinder landing site images from MRO HiRISE camera - several more images, include close-up images showing Pathfinder mission hardware on the surface, landing site topography, and a panorama of the landing site as seen by the lander

Link: MRO HiRISE - see more fantastic images of Mars collected by this camera

Link: USGS Astrogeology and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter using HiRISE - learn more about the our involvement in this mission