Mars-3 image

"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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