Model, Mars Pathfinder Lander

Model, Mars Pathfinder Lander

     

Mars Pathfinder was the first spacecraft to land on the surface of the red planet since the Viking mission in 1976. The lander is a full-scale engineering prototype for a spacecraft that was launched on December 4, 1996. On reaching Mars on July 4, 1997, the spacecraft entered the planet's thin atmosphere, was slowed by a parachute and then rockets, and then landed by bouncing on inflated airbags. The protective aeroshell then unfolded to provide three flat platforms and ramps, one of which held a rover (Sojourner). After landing on Mars the Sojourner rover traveled down one of the ramps where it proceeded to take close up images of the surface using two color cameras on the front and a black and white camera on the rear. The rover also featured a rear-mounted Alpha Proto X-ray Spectrometer that provided bulk elemental composition data on surface soils and rocks.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manufactured and transferred this artifact to the Museum in 2002.

Transferred from NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Wood, Paint, Steel, Paper, Adhesive, Plastic, Foam
Dimensions
Approximate: 93.98 x 127 x 127cm (3ft 1in. x 4ft 2in. x 4ft 2in.) (folded object)
Storage: 115.57 x 113.03 x 130.81cm (3ft 9 1/2in. x 3ft 8 1/2in. x 4ft 3 1/2in.) (frame)

Mars Pathfinder was the first spacecraft to land on the surface of the red planet since the Viking mission in 1976. The lander is a full-scale engineering prototype for a spacecraft that was launched on December 4, 1996. On reaching Mars on July 4, 1997, the spacecraft entered the planet's thin atmosphere, was slowed by a parachute and then rockets, and then landed by bouncing on inflated airbags. The protective aeroshell then unfolded to provide three flat platforms and ramps, one of which held a rover (Sojourner). After landing on Mars the Sojourner rover traveled down one of the ramps where it proceeded to take close up images of the surface using two color cameras on the front and a black and white camera on the rear. The rover also featured a rear-mounted Alpha Proto X-ray Spectrometer that provided bulk elemental composition data on surface soils and rocks.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manufactured and transferred this artifact to the Museum in 2002.

Transferred from NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Type
MODELS-Unmanned Spacecraft & Parts

Materials
Wood, Paint, Steel, Paper, Adhesive, Plastic, Foam
Dimensions
Approximate: 93.98 x 127 x 127cm (3ft 1in. x 4ft 2in. x 4ft 2in.) (folded object)
Storage: 115.57 x 113.03 x 130.81cm (3ft 9 1/2in. x 3ft 8 1/2in. x 4ft 3 1/2in.) (frame)

ID: A20020299000