[amsat-bb] 1976-07-20: Viking 1 Lands On Mars
va6bmj at gmail.com
Thu Jul 21 01:10:54 UTC 2016
On 7/20/16, Dario Riquelme Zornow <dario at riquelme.cl> wrote:
> Thanks Bernhard.
> Hello everybody, I'm Dario from Chile, 12th Zone. ce3drz
> I was 8 when Viking 1 touch down on mars, and can remember that.
I was working at an oil refinery as a summer engineering student
between my junior and senior undergraduate years. I couldn't wait to
get home to watch the news about the landing.
> shown this clip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZjCfNvx9m8 to my chilndres
> and some of their friends.
> was an amazing reaction to see movies "so old"
It was indeed an amazing achievement. It was the first time that a
spacecraft successfully touched down on Mars, which, even now, is a
difficult task. I believe, though, that the Soviets had landed one
first, but it failed after a few minutes.
Almost immediately, Viking 1 was responsible for textbooks having to
be rewritten. I remember the first pictures when they appeared in the
news and how incredible they were. Even the experts were amazed as
they couldn't believe that the martian sky had a reddish colour.
Talk about watching history being made.
> thanks again !
Bernhard VA6BMJ @ DO33FL
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