Protective Cover, Lander, Mars, Viking


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

Two Viking Landers touched down on the surface of Mars in 1976. To prepare for the mission, Martin Marietta Aerospace built a set of proof test vehicles. These vehicles were used to test the lander design and hardware for the conditions the lander would face in flight, landing, and on the surface of Mars.

This protective cover belongs to the Viking Lander Proof Test Article. NASA transferred it to the Museum in 1978.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Transfered from NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


  • Aluminum
  • Steel
  • Paint
  • Adhesive
  • Plastic


3-D: 15.2 × 11.7 × 31.4cm (6 in. × 4 5/8 in. × 1 ft. 3/8 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America


SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

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