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Discover what the Viking space probes found on planet Mars



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The Viking program was this incredibly ambitious program to explore the planet Mars, try to figure out whether it was suitable for life, either in the past or even the present.
There had been some spacecraft that orbited Mars that had taken pictures of the surface, but we hadn't really seen all of it yet.
And we had not actually been to the surface with scientific instruments intact, ready to explore, find out what this planet was really like.
And I think that one of the first things that was a surprise from orbits, before we even landed there, was we began to see evidence that there was once quite a lot of water on the surface of Mars.
And some of these landforms are still kind of controversial whether they were caused by wind or whether they were caused by flowing water.
But then there were others that really could only have been formed by sort of massive flooding events.
And so we had evidence that there was once all of this water on Mars. Where had it gone?
I think that one of the big questions, you know: Do planets more or less stay the same? Or, over the course of their lifetimes, do they change drastically?
Now we had evidence that a planet had really changed in the past.
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