Just after landing on Mars in 1997, the robotic Mars Pathfinder [ http://mpfwww.jpl.nasa.gov/MPF/index1.html ] main station [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000912.html ] took a quick first look around. This insurance panorama [ http://faculty.physics.tamu.edu/lemmon/about_udp.html ] was taken even before the Sagan Memorial Station [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap970710.html ] camera was raised to its two-meter-high perch. The full view is best seen by slowly scrolling to the right. The unique perspective captures many Mars Pathfinder instruments [ http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/MPF/mpf/sci_desc.html ] in the close foreground including a screen for judging sky illumination, communications antennae, solar panels [ http://www.qrg.nwu.edu/projects/vss/docs/Power/1-what-are-solar-panels.html ], and two ramps leading down to the surface for the robot probe Sojourner [ http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/MPF/rover/mission.html ]. After taking the ramp on the right, Sojourner [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap991030.html ] can be seen on the Martian surface [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000514.html ]. Visible on the surface are numerous rocks [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap980309.html ] and hills [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990704.html ] that came to be better studied. The Mars Pathfinder mission [ http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/fact_sheets/mpf.pdf ] went on to return 16,000 images and data that resulted in many discoveries [ http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/MPF/mpf-pressrel.html ], including evidence for warmer and wetter conditions on Mars [ http://www.nineplanets.org/mars.html ] in the past. After nearly three spectacular months exploring the surface, Mars Pathfinder dropped out of communication [ http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/MPF/mpf-929-pressrel.html ], likely the result of depleted battery power.