Mars and Viking and NASA logos
December 2, 2013
I grew up watching the Apollo missions on TV with my father, but I was too young to really grasp the amazing character of what they were doing. Viking was "my" mission, a tour de force with orbiters and landers. Human devices, landing on another world! On my bedroom wall, I had a poster with a panorama from one of the landers. What really made that image meaningful was the presence of human-made things in the foreground. Without that human presence, there would have been no sense of scale, no sense of presence. With it, it was easy to see that an extension of humanity was actually there, on another planet.
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