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ARES VALLIS, MARS—Barnacle Bill, Yogi, Scooby Doo … the week following the successful landing of Mars Pathfinder found the air waves and print media babbling about cartoon characters and “popping wheelies” on the Martian surface. The public was riveted. By July 9, the Pathfinder web sites had received over 265 million hits. And the Pathfinder team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) was tickled Martian pink.