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On July 4 1997 the Mars Pathfinder finally came to rest after ninety minutes of bouncing around on the Martian surface The purpose of the mission was to explore the Martian surface collect and analyze the chemical makeup of Martian rocks and test the new technology and software put into this mission Scientists back on Earth hoped to advance their knowledge of the Martian surface and from that data reconstruct past surface features Using this important data scientists can determine the habitat of Mars Also technologists hoped to advance their knowledge on new software and electronics to be used for future space exploration All the time and effort put into this mission has paid off because the mission was a success The Pathfinder successfully carried out all of its duties It collected various rocks analyzed the geological structure of the rock recorded the data and that data was sent to the scientists back on Earth Many new facts were uncovered about the Martian surface such as water laid in masses all over the surface volcanoes were present and other significant features Studying the geological traits of the Martian rocks progression of technology is indicated the past geological features of Mars can be postulated by scientists and how this new technologygeological knowledge can further the future of mankind Presented in Mechanical Engineering entitled Roving over Mars by Donald Bickler is the Mars mission from the technological view Much time and effort was put into developing this advanced technology The Pathfinder was equipped with the latest technology so that it will fulfill its purpose The engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL took into account all the physical features of Mars so that the Pathfinder does not encounter any problems Problems that the team perceived were the surfaces features and temperature Bickler The team equipped the Pathfinder with a six-wheeled base spider legged type With a base of seventy-nine millimeters combined with the wheels that
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