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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Carl Sagan Viking dust panorama

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, NASA Mars missions before 1996, Mars

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Carl Sagan Viking dust panorama This Viking 1 Lander panoramic photo was taken because Carl Sagan was curious to see what the Martian landscape looked like at dusk. It was taken on Sols 163 and 164 (January 4 and 5, 1977) around 17:30 local solar time.

NASA / JPL / 2013

The original image was acquired in panchromatic mode -- that is, in black-and-white. It was processed and then colorized using the real colors retrieved from other images taken at sunset.

Olivier de Goursac shares this image as a tribute to Carl Sagan and to the Planetary Society.

Original image data dated on or about January 5, 1977.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Olivier de Goursac


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Greg Culberson: 12/09/2014 05:47 CST

Nice shot of dusk from Martian surface and nice reminder of the late, great Carl Sagan's curiosity and breadth of vision, which still propels many he influenced. Mars should be a major focus of the Society and specifically we should promote the visions of manned exploration of Mars, carefully developed by Buzz Aldrin and Robert Zubrin, before the Federal Government and the public. It's a tough sale, although chances may get a boost when images of the Pluto system start appearing on TV in the next year or so. Shouldn't miss chance to leverage this to keep the fire burning.

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