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Sol 61 (4 September 1997) Images


This image montage shows every clear view of the Mars Pathfinder lander as seen from the Sojourner rover. The sol the image was taken is listed below each frame.


This image montage shows every rover Alpha Proton X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS) deployment prior to Sojourner's entry into the "Rock Garden." The labels beneath each image are APXS measurement catalog numbers. Those not listed, such as A-1, were background measurements of the ambient Martian environment.

4 September 1997, 1:00 p.m. PDT

Earth rise occurred at 1:40 a.m. PDT and sunrise occurred at 4:25 a.m. PDT.

Data was returned from Mars today using the Deep Space Network stations located in Madrid Spain. Telemetry indicates that everything continues to operate nominally and both the Sojourner rover and Sagan Memorial Station continue to be in good health. Data was once again returned from the rover today and a new sequence was sent to and received by Sojourner that should alleviate the Thompson loop sequence command problem that caused no data to be received by the rover on Sol 59. Sol 62 should mean a return to normal planning and nominal rover operations. The Pathfinder spacecraft went to sleep prior to the Martian sunset which occurred at 4:50 PM PDT.

The Lander should awake around 7:40 local solar Martian time tomorrow and down link data should be seen around noon Pacific time.

For further information on the Mars Pathfinder Mission, please call our Mission Status Report line at 1-800-391-6654.