Originally created 11/13/97

Pathfinder stamp planned



WASHINGTON - Mars Pathfinder, whose mission to the red planet riveted Americans' attention this summer, will be commemorated on a postage stamp.

Pathfinder attracted a worldwide television audience as it parachuted to the surface July 4. It began returning data and pictures and provided thousands of pictures and other data until it sent its last set of scientific findings Sept. 27. The lander sent out its last signal Oct. 7.

"As one of the most significant achievements in the history of America's space program, it is fitting that the Pathfinder mission be honored on a U.S. postage stamp," Postmaster General Marvin Runyon said.

The $3-stamp will be issued Dec. 10 at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. It depicts the Sojourner rover at rest on Pathfinder with a panoramic view and is based on one of the first images sent back from Mars.