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Martian landscape from the Viking 2 Lander, 1976.


Martian landscape from the Viking 2 Lander, 1976.
2 4 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm


This shows the red surface of the planet and the lander's soil retrieval scoop extended. 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 2 was launched on 9th September 1975 and landed in the Utopia Planitia region of Mars on 3rd September 1976.

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