PIA00384: Debris Kicked Up By Impact of A Protective Cover from Viking Lander 1


Debris Kicked Up By Impact of A Protective Cover from Viking Lander 1

Caption:

The patch of dark material toward the top of this picture (arrow) taken by the Viking 1 Lander is the debris kicked up by the impact of a protective cover ejected from the spacecraft at 1 a.m. today. The cylindrical cover, which bounced out of view of the camera, protects the scoop at the end of the soil sampler arm. (The scoop will dig into the Martian surface for the first time on July 28). Dust and debris atop the footpad remains as it was seen in the Lander's first picture taken immediately after landing two days ago. No wind modification is apparent. On the surface, a variety of block sizes, shapes and tones are seen, and some rocks are Partially buried.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars
System Mars
Target Type Planet
Mission Viking
Instrument Host Viking 1 Lander
Host Type Lander
Instrument Camera 2
Detector
Extra Keywords Dust, Grayscale
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-12-12
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00384
Identifier PIA00384