Pathfinder Beginning New Operations Phase
LOS ANGELES The Pathfinder lander is beginning a transition to a new phase of operations as the spacecraft completes its primary mission marking a full month of science data-gathering operations on the surface of Mars. Pathfinder, which landed July 4, was still operationally healthy last week—imaging water-ice clouds during a sunrise, making the first full-day weather observations at a 4-sec. sampling rate and spotting what is believed to be the lander’s backshell about 4,000 ft. away from the landing site.
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