Mars - Viking 1 Lander

Trenches dug by the Viking 1 Lander in the "Sandy Flats" location on Mars

Mars
The Viking 1 Lander sampling arm created a number of deep trenches as part of the surface composition and biology experiments on Mars. The digging tool on the sampling arm (at lower center) could scoop up samples of material and deposit them into the appropriate experiment. Some holes were dug deeper to study soil which was not affected by solar radiation and weathering. The trenches in this ESE looking image are in the "Sandy Flats" area of the landing site at Chryse Planitia. The boom holding the meteorology sensors is at left. (Viking 1 Lander, 11D128)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): N/A
Distance/Range (km): 0.0037
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): 022.27 N, 49.97 W
Orbit(s): lander

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: lander image, surface, trench
Instrument: Viking Lander Scanning Camera 1
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 512 vertical, 6 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 100 x 0.12 (single scan), 100 x 342.5 (max.)
Filter: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 90.

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: 11D128
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 75-075C-06F
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 15 May 2003, DRW.