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Refreshing the Viking Orbiter views of Mars

Justin Cowart • May 07, 2018 • 4

Justin Cowart reprocesses Viking Orbiter images from the 1970s and 1980s to reveal their unique and beautiful perspectives on the planet.

Moon Monday: Deimos

Emily Lakdawalla • April 16, 2018 • 2

Digging into the Viking archives to produce a new old composite of Mars' smaller moon.

Reconstructing the Viking '75 Mars lander Surface Sampler Collector

Tom Dahl • January 29, 2018 • 1

Viking enthusiast Tom Dahl has created an animation demonstrating the operation of the Viking lander's Surface Sampler Acquisition Assembly, or "scoop."

Flawed Beauties

Bill Dunford • February 02, 2015 • 1

More examples of imperfect--but tantalizing--images from deep space.

A new map of Mars from some pretty old data

Emily Lakdawalla • March 04, 2014 • 3

The United States Geological Survey recently issued an improved version of the Viking color map of Mars. This 40-year-old data set still provides the prettiest global-scale map of the planet.

A Spin Through the Inner Solar System

Bill Dunford • February 24, 2014 • 1

Animated maps of the planets show the spheres in motion.

The Faces of Mars

Bill Dunford • February 03, 2014 • 5

Portraits of a planet.

Dry Ice Snowfall at the Poles of Mars

Paul Hayne • January 16, 2014 • 1

Paul Hayne takes a look at the mysterious polar caps of Mars, and what it would be like to ski there.

Cosmos with Cosmos Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet

Casey Dreier • November 12, 2013 • 12

Episode 5 focuses on Mars, the planet that has stubbornly refused to conform to the wishes of humanity for hundreds of years, from Lowell to Sagan. Grab your cosmo and join our discussion of 'Blues for a Red Planet.'

Looking back at Mariner images of Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • September 03, 2013 • 8

Bruce Murray was an early advocate for the inclusion of cameras on planetary spacecraft. As a tribute to him, I thought I'd take a look at a few of the images from the early Mariner missions to Mars.

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