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