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Viking 1 on Mars, 1976.


Viking 1 on Mars, 1976.
2 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm


The picture shows the red Martian landscape and, to the right, trenches in the surface dug by the arm of the Viking lander for soil samples. Viking 1 was launched on 20th August 1975 and landed in the Chryse Planitia region of Mars to study the Martian environment, soil constituents and to search for the simple life forms - none were found.

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