"Happy Birthday USA" or "Yeah Mars!"

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Following on the heels of the lovely neighbors to the north who just had a b’day

On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress approved a Declaration of Independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United States of America.

Also on this day in 1997, the NASA Mars Pathfinder, which contained the Sojourner rover, lands on Mars. This famous photo of Sojourner probing the ‘Yogi’ rock should refresh your memory.

Recall that the scientists were naming the rocks after cartoon characters including Barnacle Bill, Yogi (as in Yogi Bear), Scooby Doo and Casper.

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