Viking 1 launch

Viking 1 launch

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Credit: NASA/VRS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Viking 1 launch. Titan 3E rocket launching NASA's Viking 1 spacecraft on its mission to Mars. Viking 1 was the first of two spacecraft sent to Mars as part of NASA's Viking program and was the first spacecraft to successfully land on the planet. It still holds the record for the second longest Mars surface mission of 6 years and 116 days (as of 2010). Photographed at Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, on 20th August 1975.

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