Viking 2 landing!

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September 3, 1976 Viking 2 landed on Mars!
Back then I used a U-Matic VCR to record the Horizon documentary.
Wow! 33 years ago.
 
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It is wow indeed.

I just about remember Viking & I was only 7 when the Viking missions arrived.

First ever Viking 2 lander image, showing foot pad.
There are some nice vesicular basalts visible.

A nice wide panorama of Utopia Planitia.

Immediately it is obvious that Utopia Planitia
is very different from Chryse Planitia, the site for Viking 1. Firstly the rocks are generally smallr & are more even in size. Also the area is pretty flat.

View of Utopia Planitia from Viking 2 in Summer. The temperature was approx minus 35 Celsius.


View of Utopia Planitia from Viking 2 in Winter. The temperature was approx minus 100 Celsius.


Frost at Utopia Planitia.


Andrew Brown.
 
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