IN 1976, ONE PIECE OF “CONTROVERSIAL” TECH CHANGED EVERY MARS MISSION SINCE | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

IN 1976, ONE PIECE OF “CONTROVERSIAL” TECH CHANGED EVERY MARS MISSION SINCE

It would be a stretch to call the Viking cameras the most important part of a six-year mission that also conducted pioneering astrobiology and other experiments, Bell says. But the Viking imaging system has left a legacy that influenced every Mars mission since — straight through to Perseverance rover today.

Without Viking 1, there might have been no Perseverance selfies. No images of Ingenuity flying through the Martian skies. No burnt orange panoramas. And perhaps, no enduring cultural obsession with Mars.

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I got to work on the Viking lander imaging flight team (LIFT). :)

See VIKING, LIFE ON MARS, AND DR. GILBERT LEVIN

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