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Olympus Mons, Mars' extinct volcano, 1976.


Olympus Mons, Mars' extinct volcano, 1976.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 32cm


This false colour image, taken by the Viking 1 Orbiter, exaggerates the differences in the lava flows that have accumulated over time. 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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