Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Connect

Pathfinder Mars rover

Colin Wilson

December 11, 2013

Pathfinder Mars rover

The Mars Pathfinder was so cool - this low cost mission returned these images of a cute little toy-like rover rolling up to big rocks and leaving tracks in the dust. Forgetting about the hundreds of millions of kilometres between planets, this really brought a human scale to Mars exploration and made Mars rover exploration seem within our grasp, paving the way to subsequent rover missions which we're enjoying now. [/p] I came to planetary science in 1999, just after this image had been captured, and since then I've always had a soft spot for in situ measurements, that is mesaurements from landers/rovers/aerial vehicles rather than remote observations from satellites.

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

LightSail - Kickstarter

Support LightSail!

The excitement is building! LightSail is counting down to our test launch, set for May 20—and you’re invited.

I want to help!

JOIN THE
PLANETARY SOCIETY

Our Curiosity Knows No Bounds!

Become a member of The Planetary Society and together we will create the future of space exploration.

Join Us

Selfies to Space!

Take flight with a selfie on LightSail™ in 2016!

Send a Selfie Now

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!