Today is the 40th anniversary of the Viking Lander on Mars! Sending an orbiter and a lander to Mars was a great achievement and NASA did it twice. It wasn’t without trouble but both the orbiters and the landers were successful! Today we take landers on Mars, and even rovers, for granted. Viking landed in a time when other missions failed. Russian Mars 3 beat Viking to Mars but only lasted a few seconds. The Viking program is one of NASA’s greatest and sparked mine and many others interest in space exploration!
NASA: Viking Mission Page | Viking at 40 Events | Livestream | NSSDC
Space.com: Viking at 40 | Viking on Mars, 40 years later | Viking 1 in pictures | Robotic Red Planet Missions
Sky & Telescope: 40th Anniversary of Viking’s Red Planet rendezvous
Lockheed Martin: Viking Lander celebrates 40 years of success
Viking Mars Missons Education and Preservation Project | Tumblr
The Planetary Society: Map of all Mars landing sites
NASA’s Design and Test Summary
Tom Dahl’s collection of photos and diagrams
Wikipedia: Viking Program | Voyager Mars Program | Mars 3
If you, like me, can’t get enough about space exploration you will sooner rather than later find Amy Shira Teitel’s Youtube channel or at her blog at Popular Science. Or you will get her book, “Breaking the chains of gravity“. There aren’t to many female space geeks out there so it’s always fun when you spot one. I haven’t started reading her book yet but I will. My reading list is quite long and time is limited. Right now I’m reading “Infinity Beckoned” by Jay Gallentine. Just cannot stop reading it so Amy’s book has to wait a little longer (and I’m getting “Russia in space” by Anatoly Zak after that). There are so many books to read if you wonder why this blog is rarely updated.
Amy’s Youtube channel: Vintage Space | Web site
Her blog at Popular Science: Vintage Space
Cosmos Magazine: History is rocket science to Amy Shira Teitel
Last summer we followed New Horizons visiting Pluto. Now NASA is at it again. The Juno Mission will reach Jupiter on 4th of July. It will not just fly by but orbit Jupiter for more than a year. You can follow the adventure at NASA or Space.com among other sites.
NASA: Juno Mission | Twitter | NASA TV schedule and links | Juno paper model
Space.com: Closing in on Jupiter | Latest News | Complete Mission Coverage
The Verge: NASA’s Juno spacecraft will soon reach Jupiter
Apple: Destination: Jupiter – Inspired by NASA’s Juno mission
More from Space.com: A history of nine space probes