Technicians working on the aeroshell of a Mars Viking Lander, 1974.

NASA

Technicians working on the aeroshell of a Mars Viking Lander, 1974.
3 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 26cm

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The aeroshell protected the Lander as it entered the atmosphere of Mars prior to landing on the surface. Two Viking spacecraft were launched towards Mars in 1975, each carrying a lander spacecraft and an orbiter. Both succesfully landed their probes on Mars to study the Martian environment, soil constituents and to search for simple life forms - none were found.

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