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Guide to the Elliott C. Levinthal Viking Lander Imaging Science Team Papers, 1970-1980
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Description
Collection consists primarily of the Viking orbiter and lander photographic materials such as prints with descriptive captions, stereo positive/negative film pairs, and 35mm presentation slides. It also includes maps, ephemera, and published materials such as newsletters, bulletins, press kits, technical reports and articles related to the imaging aspects of the Viking Mission. Additionally, there is fair amount of documentation that encompasses stereo and anaglyph imaging, including materials related to the documentary film "Mars in 3D." For a complete inventory of this collection, please contact the NASA Ames History Office.
Background
The Viking Mission involved two identical spacecraft, Viking 1 and Viking 2, designed to explore and observe the surface and atmosphere of Mars. Each spacecraft consisted of an orbiter and a lander. The Viking Mission was considered an extension of the Mariner Mars 1964 and 1969 flyby missions, as well as the Mariner Mars 1971 orbiter missions. As such, the Viking Mission drew heavily upon the design and hardware specifications of the Mariner 1969 and Mariner 1971 missions.Elliott C. Levinthal was born April 13, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BA from Columbia University in 1942. In 1943, he completed his graduate studies in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology then began working as an engineer at the Sperry Gyroscope Research Laboratories. In 1949, he received his PhD in Nuclear Physics at Stanford University.
Extent
Number of containers:22

Volume: 22 cubic feet
Restrictions
Copyright does not apply to United States government records. For non-government material, researcher must contact the original creator.
Availability
Collection is open for research.