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Camera, Imager, Viking Mars Lander

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This object is on display in the Exploring the Planets exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

Each Viking Lander was equipped with two identical cameras that, unlike conventional cameras, did not use film. Instead, a moveable mirror scanned a vertical segment of the martian scene, and photodetectors recorded the amount of light reflected into the camera. A complete picture, or "image" of the surface was made by completing a vertical scan, and then rotating the camera slightly for the next scan.

This back-up camera was transferred from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to the Museum in 1981.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

ITEK Corporation

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Materials

Metal, composites, plastics

Dimensions

Overall: 1 ft. 4in. tall x 8 1/2 in. wide, 16 lb. (40.64 x 21.59cm, 7.3kg)

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Instruments & Payloads

Inventory Number

A19810661000