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May 24, 2008

Mars Photo Album - Pathfinder Blazes a New Trail

Posted: 06:27 PM ET

Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Pathfinder was a real milestone for NASA. It marked the first visit to the Red Planet after a nearly 20-year hiatus. It was one of the first real Internet events.

For the first time, everyone had the same access to images from space at nearly the same time as the scientists and NASA's websites got millions of hits.

The mission was meant as a technology demonstrator – and ushered in a new philosophy known as "faster, better, cheaper."

When the next two missions to Mars crashed in 1998, that notion went the way of Lowell's canals.

– Correspondent Miles O’Brien, CNN Science & Technology

Join Miles this Sunday at 7pm Eastern for an hour-long special on the next Mars landing. The Phoenix Mars lander is scheduled to touch down on the Martian surface during the hour. Miles will be LIVE from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California. His guest for the hour is Steve Squyres, lead scientist on the Mars Rovers.

Filed under: Mars • NASA • Space

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anjum azad   May 25th, 2008 6:11 pm ET

Since the Universe is integrated in ways perhaps we are not conceiving, why will it take 15 minutes for a wave to come from the craft.


dwight huth   May 25th, 2008 7:32 pm ET

Can it be safe to say that where ever there is water in either frozen form or liquid form that is at a temperature that is warm enough yet cold enough but not colder then or warmer then the temperatures here on earth in the same mediums present on Earth that life exists?

GERMAN SOSA   May 25th, 2008 8:09 pm ET

We are so happy.
Congratulations to NASA and USA people.
We wish you the best in the investigation and explore the space.
This fact will bring good things to the humanity.

Cedric   May 25th, 2008 8:48 pm ET

This is a great moment in History, can't wait to see the new photos. GO NASA and tax payers.

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