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Azimuth Notebook for Viking Lander 1

The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project

The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project

Azimuth Notebook for Viking Lander 1 SOL 1: These images though hard to discern, demonstrate the challenges faced during high activity periods with multiple stakeholders and data sets in demand. Because of limited bandwidth, science teams, mission operations, and systems engineers were competing for telemetry. This meant the data desired from the surface whether in the form of meteorology data streams, biology instrument data, image data packets, systems reports, and other instruments result sets had to be carefully planned in order to keep science objectives on track. The primary mission was also limited by periods when the communications were limited such as conjunction, when there was no longer a line of site between the Earth tracking stations and the Viking Orbiters and Landers in order to relay both command sequence uplinks and data downloads. During periods where additional data streams were comingled with image data, it was possible to drop data which could result in images appearing obscured or with image data missing altogether. There were othr causes to dropping data packets as well including limitations based on tracking sites and the location of the Orbiters, that relayed the large data streams from the Viking Landers to the tracking stations.

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  • Title: Azimuth Notebook for Viking Lander 1
  • Publisher: The Viking Mars Missions Education and Preservation Project (VMMEPP)

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