|First picture taken from the surface
of Mars. [117k GIF]--Viking Lander 1 took
this image on July 20, 1976. The Viking footpad is on the right side of
the image. The vertical lines on the left are caused by dust settling
out of the atmosphere from disturbance by the retro-engines.
NASA press release image #76-H-556
Original NASA press release, July 20, 1976
|First sample taken of Martian soil.
[214k GIF]--A trench in the Martian surface shows the location
of the first sample analyzed for signs of life. Later samples were taken
from beneath the thin crust of the surface and from beneath rocks.
NASA press release image #76-H-580
Original NASA press release, July 28, 1976
|Viking Lander 1--Trenching Samples.
[169k GIF]--Marks left by the Viking Lander from sampling of
Martian soil can be seen at the lower right. The large arm in the center
of the picture is not the trenching arm; it is a meteorology boom for
NASA press release image #77-HC-62
Original NASA press release, March 4, 1977.
|Viking Lander 1--Panorama of the Viking 1 Landing Site. [132k GIF] or [65k JPEG]--Panoramic view of the surface of Mars from the Viking 1 Lander. This image is a mosaic constructed from individual Viking images.|
|Viking Lander 1--Chryse
Planitia. [91k JPEG]--This Viking 1 image
shows a rocky field with trenches made by the sampler arm visible in the
foreground. The Viking Lander 1 footpad is visible in the lower right
High resolution panorama created by Mary A. Dale-Bannister, Washington University in St. Louis.
|Viking Lander 1 Scene. [211k GIF]--This scene is looking northeast from Viking 1. The large boulder in the center is about 3 meters (10 feet) wide and 1 meter (3 feet) high. Winds have turned the sky red with Martian dust.|
|Viking Lander 2--Frost at the
Viking 2 Landing Site. [254k GIF]
or [127k JPEG]
--The images used to create this panorama of the Viking 2 landing
site area were taken during Mars' northern winter. Frost has formed on
Viking Lander high resolution color images, Washington University, St. Louis
Touchdown on Mars
|| Laboratory on Mars || Deep
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