The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Viking Orbiter map of Mars (1975)
Filed under pretty pictures, Mars, NASA Mars missions before 1996
The twin Viking Orbiters captured more than 50,000 individual images of Mars, producing a global atlas of the red planet at a variety of resolutions. Although the high-resolution data was supplanted by Mars Global Surveyor's in the late 1990s, the Viking global map remained the best available to researchers for nearly three decades.
NASA / JPL / USGS / Phil Stooke
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Original image data dated on or about December 31, 1975
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