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Viking Lander Sterilization

Viking Lander Sterilization

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Published by Bob Andrepont
NASA fact sheet for Viking missions.
NASA fact sheet for Viking missions.

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Nov 26, 2010
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AND
AUNCH
MISSIONOPERATIONS
STATUS
BULLETIN
No.
7
June
23,
1975
The first of the two Viking landers being moved into the sterilization chamberat Kennedy Space Center. The lander portions of the Viking spacecraft aresterilized by swirling clouds of heated nitrogen gas at a temperature of approx-imq.-tely 235°F for 40 hours. The sterilization process is designed to preventcontamination of the life- seeking experiments on the lander as well as protectthe Martian surface from living organisms from the Earth.(More details on other side.)

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