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  •  I put this on my college dorm wall in 1976 (9+ / 0-)

    Viking1 First Color Mars Image 1976
    The first color surface image from Mars by Viking 1.  I got this from the Internet of course but I remember cutting the photo from Time magazine and taping it above my room's desk.  (I also remember it being more panoramic.)  Everything about the photo fascinated me but I especially wondered about the atmosphere since this rendition showed striations that were unlikely.

    While others in the dorm posted cheesecake pictures of, say Farrah Fawcett, it was easy to figure who the science geek was.  Actually, I was a sci-fi geek.   I devoured sci fi as a kid and it was thrilling to see actual photos from another planet, not just make-believe images.

    And I'm still thrilled by that photo and these photos.  These are so crisp they could be from the South Dakota Badlands taken with a red filter (the most quiet place I've ever been to).

    •  I had that picture on my bedroom wall as a kid (1+ / 0-)
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      in the '90s, before Pathfinder superseded it.  The sky looks pink when there's lots of dust in it.  When it's clear, it's greyish.

      Without a strong safety net and living wage, all labor is forced labor.

      by Troubadour on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 10:13:19 PM PDT

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      •  Errr the Mars sky looked pink (2+ / 0-)
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        when NASA technicians shoved a red color bias over all of the Viking photos because people expected to see "the red planet"

        "Who stood against President Obama in 2012?" - The trivia question nobody can answer.

        by Lib Dem FoP on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 11:09:10 PM PDT

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