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Frost at the Viking 2 Lander

Target Name:  Mars
Spacecraft:  Viking lander
Produced by:  NASA/LPI

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Viking Lander 2 is far enough north that frost deposits form on the surface during winter. This image, taken in May 1979, shows a thin, white layer of water frost, estimated to be only microns thick, covering parts of the surface. The reddish regions are soil and rock not covered by the frost. Portions of the spacecraft are visible in the right foreground.

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