Viking 1 and 2

The Utopian Plain on Mars

Viking 1 and 2

Two identical probes landed on Mars in 1976 within weeks of each other, while their orbiter mother ships mapped the planet and made other measurements.

The Viking 1 and 2 landers were the first spacecraft to take photographs from the surface of the Red Planet. Both carried a series of experiments to test for life in the soil. Despite early promising results, NASA scientists ultimately concluded they had not detected life.

Photo: The Utopian Plain on Mars taken by the Viking 2 lander (NASA)

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The Utopian Plain on Mars

About Viking 1 and 2

Two probes search for Martian life.

About Viking 1 and 2

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