Press Release

President Bush marks Viking’s silver anniversary to the red planet

By SpaceRef Editor
July 20, 2001
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On this date, 25 years ago, NASA’s Viking 1 lander did
something no other space probe had ever done – successfully
land on another planet. Viking’s historic mission to Mars
changed our understanding of Earth’s neighbor and inspired a
robust Martian exploration program that lives on today.

This week, President George W. Bush honored the people who
made this space odyssey possible. In a commendation letter
sent to NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin, the President
said “The exploration of Mars brings out the best in
Americans. It challenges us to learn, to strive, and to
achieve dreams that were impossible for earlier generations.”

Remarks from Administrator Goldin air today on NASA
Television at 11 a.m. EDT. This afternoon, NASA TV carries a
panel discussion from NASA’s Langley Research Center,
Hampton, VA, titled “Viking: The First Encounter” from 1:30
p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT.

Langley managed the Viking project until 1978, when it was
turned over to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,

NASA TV is available on GE-2, transponder 9C, C-Band, located
at 85 degrees West longitude. The frequency is 3880.0 MHz.
Polarization is vertical and audio is monaural at 6.8 MHz.

The complete text of the President’s commendation is
available on the Internet at:

SpaceRef staff editor.