Item #: SPA01995-46304
Picture shows Pathfinder's descent to the surface of Mars. The spacecraft, in a cocoon of airbags, has been severed from the tether which connected it to a huge parachute and Viking-derived heatshield used to slow the spacecraft's in the Martian atmosphere. As the Sun rises over Mars, Pathfinder will power on, along with a miniature companion rover, called Sojourner. Scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 2, 1996. (NASA Media Archives).