Pathfinder's Rocky Terrain
This image was taken during NASA's 1997 Pathfinder mission to Mars. The terrain at this northern equatorial region is uneven and rocky. The "Twin Peaks" hills can be seen in the background. NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander is scheduled to land in the northern arctic plains of Mars, where the landscape is much smoother with fewer rocks.
This image was released previously (see PIA02406).
Mars Pathfinder is the second in NASA's Discovery program of low-cost spacecraft with highly focused science goals. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, developed and manages the Mars Pathfinder mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The IMP was developed by the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory under contract to JPL. Peter Smith is the Principal Investigator.
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