Viking Mission to MarsPostage stamp
Issuer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Price value: 15 cents
Made in: Hampton, VA, USA
Scott catalogue number: 1759
Print technique: lithography, engraving
U.S. #1759 honors the second anniversary of the successful landing of Viking 1 on Mars. The Viking I and II spacecraft, launched in August and September 1975, respectively, each traveled for a year, making 440-million-mile journeys to the “Red Planet.” The Viking Landers transmitted images of the planet’s surface, collected surface samples, studied the atmosphere and weather, and deployed seismometers to detect earthquakes. Both Viking spacecraft were considered extremely successful.