Viking 1 and 2 Lander (Mars mission) Easter Egg - The Viking Project

The primary mission objectives of the Viking Project were to obtain high resolution images of the Martian surface, characterize the structure and composition of the atmosphere and surface, and search for evidence of life. On July 20, 1976 the Viking 1 Lander separated from the Orbiter and touched down at Chryse Planitia. The Viking 2 Lander touched down at Utopia Planitia on September 3, 1976.

The Viking Lander(s) were built by Honeywell in Florida. A plate was made containing the names of all of the people who worked on the project. The plate was reduced and attached to the inside of the Landers. So... the names of everyone on the project is now on Mars.

This was told to me by my father, John Branley, who was a project member/designer and has his name on Mars. There is a Viking Lander on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. I do not know if they would be willing to look inside for the plate.

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Contributed By: R Branley Ramos on 04-04-2002
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Actually this is the kind of thing that happens all the time, I believe, having had a realative working in the space industry. It is presumable that the names of the rover development teams could be on the landers. They were "reduced". This could mean very very tiny, an insignificant amount of mass. After all you can get your name on a grain of rice at the mall for a coulple of bucks.......
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-=KinGuiN=- writes:
Now everyone can send his name to Mars: http://mars9.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/sendyourname/index.cfm :D:D
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Kozmonot writes:
I don't see why not - after all, I used to have an old Dell computer that had a plastic base that had a whole bunch of people's initials "molded" into the plastic of the base's underside.
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SheeEttin writes:
I highly doubt they would be able to do that, because of security and the payload being specifically this and all that.
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