"After transmitting for just
15 seconds from the surface of Mars, the craft fell silent. The flight
controllers had no doubt that the violent dust storm was to blame. They
had just 79 lines of an image. It was incomplete and fuzzy, but it was
the first picture from the surface of Mars. The horizon was visible and
beyond it the shadow of a dark sky."
This is a quote from a BBC
documentary. Now you can judge for yourself. Below are two pictures of
the "Mars image" from Mars-3 graciously supplied by Brian Harvey and published
with the permission of Mikhail Marov at the Keldysh Institute and Arnold
Selivanov at the Lavochkin association.
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