June 14, 2020
By Becca Gladden, Senior Writer
Photo credit: © The Viking Mars Missions Education & Preservation Project (VMMEPP) and NASA.
In 2016, during the 40th anniversary of NASA’s Viking 1 Mars mission, an official from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum declared Viking "one of the greatest missions NASA has undertaken."
Indeed, Viking 1 was the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully land on Mars, beam back images of the Red Planet’s surfac...