The Launch of Viking 1

On this date in 1975, Viking 1 left Earth for Mars, the lander becoming the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars. Our clip today is from the launch, some beautiful 35mm film shot by the Air Force, with commentary from Dave Mohr. From our Liftoff 2-DVD set.

The first color view of the Viking 1 Landing Site at Chryse Planitia, July 21, 1976.
The first color view of the Viking 1 Landing Site at Chryse Planitia, July 21, 1976.

2 Responses

  1. Dave W
    | Reply

    Slowly, the “Liftoff” set has become one of my all-time favorites at Spacecraft Films. Dave Mohr’s commentary is excellent – he has the ability to anticipate what I was thinking next and answer it concisely. The footage is fabulous: Apollo 8 is breathtaking, STS-1 from multiple angles is an immense pleasure to watch, the explosions from the 1950s are fabulous, and the vintage film of the V-1 and V-2 is likewise transferred wonderfully despite being approx 70+ years old.

  2. Dave Mohr
    | Reply

    Dave W– Thank you very much for your nice comment! I very much appreciate it. Dave Mohr

Leave a Reply