Pathfinder begins to send back color panorama
July 13, 1997
Web posted at: 10:08 p.m. EDT (0208 GMT)
PASADENA, California (CNN) -- The first panels of a sweeping
color panorama of the surface of Mars were sent back to Earth
Sunday from the Mars Pathfinder.
The remaining two-thirds of the information NASA scientists
will need to complete the 360-degree view from Pathfinder is
expected to be sent back during a communications session
scheduled during the next Martian day, which begins late
Over the weekend, the ground crew at the Jet Propulsion
Laboratory also worked to eliminate a software bug that
temporarily left Pathfinder disconnected from Earth late last
The NASA team determined that a system overload caused the
spacecraft's computer to reset, which broke the
communications link. But the scientists have reprogrammed
Pathfinder in a way they hope will fix the problem during
"What we've done is set a parameter (telling it) don't reset
if you have problems the first time," said project manager
Brian Muirhead. "It's not a serious problem."
On Monday, the Pathfinder's Rover, Sojourner, was expected to
use its on-board X-ray spectrometer, called APXS, to analyze
the Martian rock called Yogi. Because sending back the
panoramic picture was given priority, the rover was idle on
This week, the Pathfinder science team plans to continue
analyzing data from a Danish experiment of the magnetic dust
that blows around the Martian atmosphere. The data may
provide new information about how the planet evolved.
"There's no place on Earth that is covered with magnetic
dust," said Muirhead said. "We should get an idea where that
Reuters contributed to this report.
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