A museum on Mars [custody of Viking 1 lander]

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Discusses the transfer of ownership of the NASA Viking 1 lander located on the surface of Mars to the National Air and Space Museum in order to keep the spacecraft in its present location so that future visitors could view it in its own environment.


  • National Air and Space Museum
  • Viking Lander I
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Smithsonian Institution History Bibliography

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Futurist Vol. 19 (Journal)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


October 1985


  • Acquisitions
  • Collectors and collecting
  • Museums
  • Gifts
  • Space flight
  • Astronautics
  • Space vehicles
  • Museums--Collection management
  • Museums--Acquisitions

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pp. 41-42

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