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Artist impression of the Viking lander taking a sample of soil from the surface of Mars. Viking 1 spacecraft was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on August 20th 1975 & landed on Mars on July 20th 1976. The four ton Viking spacecraft divides into the orbiter, which circles the planet mapping the surface & investigating the atmosphere, & the lander, seen here taking samples.
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