August 20th

August 20th

On this day in 1975 the NASA launched the Viking 1 lander to Mars.

Viking 1 landed on the surface of the red planet in July 1976, and was the first attempt to ascertain more facts about whether or not there could be life on Mars.

The public were thrilled with the excellent quality photos it transmitted back to Earth, and scientists grew optimistic about the Martian atmosphere and surface.

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