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Martian landscape taken by a Viking Lander, 1976.


Martian landscape taken by a Viking Lander, 1976.
2 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm


This shows the red surface of the planet and part of the lander itself. 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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