The boulder-strewn field of red rocks reaches to the horizon nearly
two miles from Viking 2 on Mars' Utopian Plain. Scientists believe the
colors of the Martian surface and sky in this photo represent their true
colors. Fine particles of red dust have settled on spacecraft surfaces.
The salmon color of the sky is caused by dust particles suspended in
the atmosphere. Color calibration charts for the cameras are mounted
at three locations on the spacecraft. Note the blue starfield and red
stripes of the flag. The circular structure at top is the high- gain
antenna, pointed toward Earth. Viking 2 landed September 3, 1976,
some 4600 miles from its twin, Viking 1, which touched down on July 20.
Note: Unsure if this is from Camera 1 or Camera 2.
This image was scanned from physical media.
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