This image shows Rocks explored by the Rover.
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Rocks explored by the Rover
This diagram shows the path traveled by the Mars Pathfinder Rover during its 80 day mission. In addition to sampling the atmosphere, and the Martian soil, during it's travels on the Martian surface, the Rover took measurements at a number of different rocks. Measurements helped scientists classify the rocks.
These rocks were scattered all around the Pathfinder landing site. The Rover visited many rocks. Scientists gave them names like: Pop Tart, Ender, mini-Matterhorn, Wedge, Baker's Bench, Flat Top, and the Broken Wall. We will not show you all the rocks visited by the Rover, but will discuss a representative sample. Rocks not in this list can be viewed in the Mars Pathfinder Image Archive below.
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