Viking Landers on Mars – 1976

At Christmas 1975 I was given a copy of “The Sun annual for Boys” – it led with an article called “Vikings in Space” about the 2 Viking spacecraft that were being sent to Mars. That article kick-started my interest in Space Exploration, Astronomy and Science Fiction – here’s a great image and article from NASA on the Viking 2 landing – very cool


This rocky panoramic scene is the second picture of the Martian surface that was taken by Viking Lander 2 shortly after touchdown on Sept. 3, 1976 at 3:58 p.m. PDT (Earth received time).

Published by Lee J. Russell

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