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Model, Ramp, Rover Exit, Mars, Pathfinder Lander

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This object is on display in the Space Science exhibition at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Collection Item Summary:

Two ramps like this opened from the petal door of the Pathfinder Lander, allowing the Sojourner rover to exit the spacecraft once it had safely landed on the Martian surface in 1997. When images of the spacecraft and the rover on its petal were received on Earth, the flight team deployed the rover ramps. Once those ramps were unrolled, images of them and the terrain around their ends were sent back to Earth. Thereafter mission controllers commanded the rover to stand up and proceed down a ramp. From there it engaged in its science activities on the surface. These ramps were assembled on the Pathfinder engineering model in 2003.

NASA transferred this ramp to the Museum with the Pathfinder engineering model in 1999.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Credit Line

Transferred from Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Materials

Metal, plastic, velcro, mylar

Dimensions

Overall: 2 1/2in. x 1ft 5in. x 4ft 5 3/4in. (6.4 x 43.2 x 136.5cm)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States

Type

SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Inventory Number

A19990073004