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Questions regarding the unmanned Viking Mars probes launched by NASA.

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What was the purpose of the small red tank attached to the Titan-Centaur launcher?

Watching a documentary on the Viking missions, I noticed the launcher had a small red tank/rocket attached to one of the solid boosters. It struck me as an odd feature/placement, as I thought you'd ...
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Why aren't there any trajectories for the Viking missions in JPL Horizons' database?

Horizons has calculated trajectories for deep space spacecraft, including six objects related to Apollo 8 through 12. See an (old) list in the currently unanswered question What was Chang'e-2'...
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Which Viking-1 orbiter photo is this? When was it taken and what part of Mars is shown?

This answer to Are there any photos of the Martian terminator from low Mars orbit? includes (without credit) what looks like an oft-repeated photo of Mars. A comment written from reverse image ...
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Viking Lander descent engine design feature

The Viking Lander Terminal Descent Engine (3 per vehicle) was a ~600 lbf monopropellant hydrazine engine with an unusual exhaust system of 18 small nozzles. Multiple sources state that the reason ...
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Viking 1 - Cydonia Face on Mars Photograph Multitudinal Black Dots

The "Face on Mars" photograph taken by Viking 1 in 1976 of the Cydonia region on Mars has multitudinal similar sized small dots in a seemingly random pattern all over it. Are all those dots ...
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What happened to the Viking 2 Orbiter?

What was the ultimate fate of the Viking 2 Orbiter? According to NASA: The orbiter developed a leak in its propulsion system that vented its attitude control gas. It was placed in a 302 x 33176 km ...
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How to find the moment of inertia of the Viking capsule?

I have an assignment where I have to simulate a Mars re-entry using the Viking capsule. I have finished it but now I want to go further and try to make my capsule glide. For this I need to enslave the ...