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Wide angle view of Mars surface made by Viking 1

Wide angle view of Mars surface made by Viking 1

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Surface of Mars. Part of the first panoramic view of the surface of Mars, made by the Viking 1 lander on 20 July 1976. The image reveals the surface to be similar to rocky desert terrain on Earth. The surface has complex patterns of low ridges and gullies, and has a covering of a sand- like coarse dust with scattered small boulders. The sky appears brighter than was expected due to suspended dust particles. Parts of the Viking lander are seen in the lower and upper left of the frame. This image was initiated six minutes after the spacecraft landed. Contact with the lander was finally lost in November 1982, after more than 2000 images had been taken.

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