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On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet 1958-1978
This website is an internet version of an historical NASA publication containing information about the development of missions to the planet Mars. This report covers the evolution of thought and interest surrounding this planet, the aims and objectives of Martian exploration, the curiosity and search for Martian life and the development of exobiology as a science. Details about specific experiments and missions are given, beginning with the trials and tribulations of getting spacecraft into space, the 1960-1967 Voyager project problems, creation of the Viking spacecraft, planning for the Viking Orbiter, scientists involved, landing site selection, spacecraft construction, and tasks performed by the Viking on Mars.
Intended for grade levels:
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Index / Bibliography
    • Book
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • History and philosophy of science
  • 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-000-000-002-650
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Edward Clinton Ezell
Smithsonian Museum of American History

Author: Linda Neuman Ezell
No institutional affiliation

Publisher: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, History Office