The Vikings landed on Mars 40 years ago!

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 Viking at 40Viking 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


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