Meet the Very First Rover to Land on Mars

Before Curiosity, before Opportunity, before Spirit, and before┬áSojourner, the very first robot to land on Mars was this little guy, way back in December of 1971. Called PrOP-M, the rover was part of the Soviet Union’s Mars-3 mission, which had the potential to deploy the first ever mobile scientific instruments onto the Martian surface. [read more..]