NASA’s first rover landed 25 years ago

It was Independence Day 25 years ago when a small rover named after a Civil War abolitionist parachuted into the surface of the Red Planet on airbags.

NASA’s first-ever rover, named Sojourner, landed on Chryse Planitia on July 4, 1997 atop its lander, Pathfinder. The two spacecraft heralded a revolution in NASA’s Mars exploration technology Curiosity and Persistence the rovers continue to this day, a quarter of a century later.

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