PIA00398: Surface Sampler Arm
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Viking
Spacecraft: Viking Lander 1
Instrument: Camera 2
Product Size: 439 x 512 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P17157
Addition Date: 1997-01-08
Primary Data Set: Viking EDRs
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Photographic evidence of the successful series of commands to the Viking 1 lander on Mars that unlocked the surface sampler arm is seen in this picture. At lower left, to the right of a whitish area is a small oblong object -- the boom latch pin that had failed to drop out of the scoop assembly causing the mechanism to lock. With the pin free, the boom and scoop can now be used for the soil sampler experiments beginning in two days, including a search for microscopic life in the Martian soil. The boom latch pin is 0.2 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches long. The pin weights 0.44 ounces, fell from about three feet and impacted the surface at eight to nine feet per second producing a mini-crater with a dark ejecta blanket. These data will be studies to determine soil properties.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1997-01-08