Scott Manley recently did a video where he shows how the first image of Mars from up close was done with pastels while the impatient engineers waited for the image processing department to finish their work.

I would love to print these strips and do the paint-by-number with my children. Does anybody know from where one could acquire the original Mariner 4 data values?


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Pre-mariner 9 data, I believe, are not publicly available. In NASA PDS (https://atmos.nmsu.edu/data_and_services/atmospheres_data/MARS/mars_orbiter.html), it is written that we can only search for Mariner 4, 6, and 7 publications but it isn't written anywhere about the availability of the datasets. So, if you really want the data, I would suggest you to mail NASA PDS and see if they can provide the data or not.

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    $\begingroup$ Mariner 6 and 7 images are available in a PDS bundle at the PDS Geosciences Node but this doesn't help the OP with finding Mariner 4 data $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 9, 2022 at 21:51
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. You've pointed me in the correct direction, I've emailed the contact on the PDS website. $\endgroup$
    – dotancohen
    Commented Dec 11, 2022 at 13:10

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