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Polar ice cap on Mars, 1976.


Polar ice cap on Mars, 1976.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 17cm x 32cm


Taken from a Viking Orbiter, this shows one of the Martian ice caps, made up of frozen water and carbon dioxide. 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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