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The surface of Mars: The view from the Viking 1 lander

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Abstract

The first photographs ever returned from the surface of Mars were obtained by two facsimile cameras aboard the Viking 1 lander, including black-and-white and color, 0.12?? and 0.04?? resolution, and monoscopic and stereoscopic images. The surface, on the western slopes of Chryse Planitia, is a boulder-strewn deeply reddish desert, with distant eminences - some of which may be the rims of impact craters - surmounted by a pink sky. Both impact and aeolian processes are evident. After dissipation of a small dust cloud stirred by the landing maneuvers, no subsequent signs of movement were detected on the landscape, and nothing has been observed that is indicative of macroscopic biology at this time and place.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The surface of Mars: The view from the Viking 1 lander
Series title:
Science
Volume
193
Issue:
4255
Year Published:
1976
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Science
First page:
791
Last page:
801
Number of Pages:
11