Martian soil being collected for analysis by Viking 1, 1976.
2 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm

Martian soil being collected for analysis by Viking 1, 1976.

NASA

© National Aeronautics & Space Administration / Science & Society

Description

This shows a sample of soil actually in the lander's soil retrieval scoop. 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. Viking 1 was launched on 20th August 1975 and landed in the Chryse Planitia region of Mars on 20th July 1976. It continued to return data to Earth until November 1982.
 

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