Source: Image Credit: NASA/Andrea Jones (left) NASA/JPL/Caltech (right)
Published: June 9, 2021

The Viking landers were the first to return images from the Martian surface, but the views they sent home were familiar. Utopia Planitia, as seen by Viking 2, looks a lot like Death Valley National Park. It’s no coincidence that NASA’s Mars 2020 team practiced hazard avoidance here before sending Perseverance and Ingenuity on their way to Mars.