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Viking Orbiter: Views of Mars
This website is an electronic version of an historical NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) publication containing information about the Viking Orbiter and images it took of the planet Mars. This book incorporates images acquired by the Viking orbiters beginning in 1976. The pictures here represent only a small fraction of the many thousands taken, and were chosen to illustrate the diverse geology and atmospheric phenomena of Mars. General information about the Viking mission highlights the purpose of sending these two spacecraft to the planet Mars. The images contain descriptions and explanations of what is being shown and cover planetary features such as channels, Valles Marineris canyon, volcanic features and Olympus Mons, comparison between Earth and Mars, deformation, craters, the moons Phobos and Deimos, surface processes (wind, mass wasting), polar regions, planet color, atmosphere and the Viking 1 and Viking 2 landing sites.
Intended for grade levels:
  • General public
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Imagery - remotely sensed
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Book
  • Atmospheric science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Space science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credit is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-648
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Roger D. Launius
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, History Office

Contact: Steve Garber
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, History Office

Editor: Cary R. Spitzer
National Aeronautics and Space Administration