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NASA’s Pathfinder lands on Mars, 1977

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Mars Pathfinder was launched December 4, 1996 and landed on Mars’ Ares Vallis on July 4, 1997. It was designed as a technology demonstration of a new way to deliver an instrumented lander and the first-ever robotic rover to the surface of the red planet. Pathfinder not only accomplished this goal but also returned an unprecedented amount of data and outlived its primary design life. – NASA

Mission website: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars-exploration/missions/pathfinder/

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