LAUNCH CENTER

Launch Image
Success
Wed Dec 04 1996
United States Air Force

Mars Pathfinder

Launch Successful
LAUNCH PREVIEW

Launch Time

December 4, 1996 at 1:58 AM EST

(December 4, 1996 at 6:58 AM UTC)

Launch Window Start

December 4, 1996 at 1:58 AM EST

(December 4, 1996 at 6:58 AM UTC)

Launch Window End

December 4, 1996 at 1:58 AM EST

(December 4, 1996 at 6:58 AM UTC)

RECOVERY OVERVIEW

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No Recovery Specified

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    MISSION OVERVIEW
    • Type: Robotic Exploration
    • he MPF (Mars Pathfinder) (formerly known as the Mars Environmental Survey, or MESUR Pathfinder) is the second of NASA's low-cost planetary Discovery missions. The mission consists of a stationary lander and a surface rover. The mission has the primary objective of demonstrating the feasibility of low-cost landings on and exploration of the Martian surface. This objective will be met by tests of communications between the rover and lander, and the lander and Earth, and tests of the imaging devices and sensors.
    COMPLEX OVERVIEW

    Location

    Cape Canaveral, FL, USA

    Pad

    Space Launch Complex 17B