The Initial Exploration of Mars: Rationale for a Return Mission to Chryse Planitia and the Viking 1 Lander

by Robert A. Craddock, Smithsonian Inst, Washington, United States,

Abstract: The concepts behind planning a landing site on Mars are discussed. Based on the engineering constraints and the scientific objectives which will likely be imposed on the first few missions to the surface, reasons are given supporting a return to Chryse Planitia and the Viking 1 landing site.

Subject Headings: Mars | Space exploration | Flight | Launching and landing

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