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What Mars Looks Like To A “Viking”

Looking to the skies for guidance, the ancient Nordic Vikings were rather accomplished seafarers through their knowledge of the sun and stars. But as surprisingly well-versed in astronomy as the Vikings were, they were never able to gaze upon celestial bodies quite like another set of “Vikings” did. No, I don’t mean another civilization of Vikings from humanity’s past, I am, of course, referring to the Viking program, a NASA initiative from the 1970s aimed at documenting Mars. Enacted in 1975, the Viking program consisted…

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