Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain
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Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain

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Photograph

Viking 2 Image of Mars Utopian Plain

1976
Chromogenic development print
Image: 19.2 x 24.3 cm
Overall: 20.3 x 25.4 cm
Museum accession
2011.0101.0001
Inscriptions verso (applied label, typed): NATIONAL AERONATICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION/ VIKING NEWS CENTER/ PASADENA, CALIFORNIA/ (213) 354-6000/ PHOTO CAPTION/ Viking 2-27/ P-18296 (color) / November 23, 1976/
The boulder-strewn field of red rocks reaches to the horizon nearly two miles/ from Viking 2 on Mars' Utopian Plain. Scientists believe the colors of the/ Martian surface and sky in this photo represent their true colors. Fine/ particles of red dust have settled on spacecraft surfaces. The salmon color/ of the sky is caused by dust particles suspended in the atmosphere. Color/ calibration charts for the cameras are mounted at three locations on the/ spacecraft. Note the blue star field and red stripes of the flag. The circular/ structure at top is the high-gain antenna, pointed toward Earth. Viking 2/ landed September 3,1976, some 4600 miles from its twin, Viking 1, which/ touched down on July 20.

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