Collection consists primarily of the Viking orbiter and lander
photographic materials such as prints with descriptive captions, stereo positive/negative
film pairs, and 35mm presentation slides. It also includes maps, ephemera, and published
materials such as newsletters, bulletins, press kits, technical reports and articles related
to the imaging aspects of the Viking Mission. Additionally, there is fair amount of
documentation that encompasses stereo and anaglyph imaging, including materials related to
the documentary film "Mars in 3D." For a complete inventory of this collection, please
contact the NASA Ames History Office.
The Viking Mission involved two identical spacecraft, Viking 1 and Viking 2, designed to
explore and observe the surface and atmosphere of Mars. Each spacecraft consisted of an
orbiter and a lander. The Viking Mission was considered an extension of the Mariner Mars
1964 and 1969 flyby missions, as well as the Mariner Mars 1971 orbiter missions. As such,
the Viking Mission drew heavily upon the design and hardware specifications of the Mariner
1969 and Mariner 1971 missions.Elliott C. Levinthal was born April 13, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BA from
Columbia University in 1942. In 1943, he completed his graduate studies in physics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology then began working as an engineer at the Sperry
Gyroscope Research Laboratories. In 1949, he received his PhD in Nuclear Physics at Stanford
Number of containers:22
Volume: 22 cubic feet
Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-government
material, researcher must contact the original creator.
Collection is open for research.