NASA's 1st Mars rover touched down on the Red Planet 25 years ago

NASA’s 1st Mars rover touched down on the Red Planet 25 years ago

It was on Independence Day 25 years ago that a little rover named after a Civil War abolitionist parachuted and tumbled to the Red Planet’s surface on airbags.

NASA’s first-ever Mars rover, dubbed Sojourner, touched down in Chryse Planitia on July 4, 1997, atop its landing vehicle, Pathfinder. The pair of spacecraft heralded a revolution in Mars exploration technology that NASA’s Curiosity and Perseverance rovers continue to this day, a quarter century later.


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