I REMEMBER THE VIKING I MARS LANDER (1976)

Tomorrow at 1:31 AM history will be made with the the Curiosity rover landing on the planet Mars. I still remember when I was a kid and got up early in the morning of July 20, 1976 to watch on TV the landing of Viking I. Here’s a couple of photos taken by the cameras of the Mars Viking I Lander.

It’s been 36 years since that morning. Tomorrow history will be made again.

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  1. I still remember a cartoon (New Yorker?) from shortly after the first Viking pictures came back. The caption was something like “In just minutes we will be seeing the first picture of Mars from the Viking Lander.” In the middle was the Lander with its camera facing to the left. In that direction was the wasteland that the first picture showed. To the right (behind the camera) was a cordon of Martians in police uniforms holding back a crowd of Martian civilians and behind the was a suburban neighborhood.
    -Walt P.

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