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Nasa's Mars Pathfinder lands on the Red Planet, sending back this image of its surroundings
September 1997

Nasa's Mars Pathfinder rover mission lands on the surface of Mars. It sends back 2.3 billion chunks of information, including more than 20,000 images, suggesting Mars was once warm and wet, rather like the Earth.

The mission is one of the most popular events in internet history, and is watched on the web by millions of people around the world.

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"Mars buggy Pathfinder is switched off after a month on the surface."

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