Viking Lander's Buried Footpad #3
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Viking Lander's Buried Footpad #3

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Photograph

Viking Lander's Buried Footpad #3

August 1, 1976
Gelatin silver print
Image: 19 x 19.2 cm
Overall: 20.3 x 25.3 cm
Museum accession
2011.0100.0004
Inscriptions verso (applied label, typed): NATIONAL AERONATICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION/ VIKING NEWS CENTER/ PASADENA, CALIFORNIA/ (213) 354-6000/
PHOTO CAPTION/
Viking 1-63/ P-17397 (Sol 12)/ August 3, 1976/
One of Viking l's three feet, which should be visible in this view, lies buried beneath/ a cover of loose Martian soil. This picture, taken Sunday (August 1), is the first to/ show the buried footpad #3. If not buried, the edge of the foot would be seen extending/ across the picture about midway between top and bottom. The foot sank about five inches,/ and fine-grained soil slumped into the depression and over the foot. The cracked nature/ of the surface near the slump area and the small, steep cliff at left indicates that the/ material is weakly cohesive. The surface material here is very similar mechanically to/ lunar soil.
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