Viking-2 Lands on Mars, in a Genre-Significant Place

Thirty-five years ago today — September 3, 1976 — Viking-2 landed on Mars.

(Viking-2’s first color image of Utopia Planitia. NASA image.)

Viking-2 landed “about 200 km west of the crater Mie in Utopia Planitia,” which, for those familiar with the Star Trek universe, is where the Federation shipyards are — the birthplace of the U.S.S. Enterprise.

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