#31 – Viking I and II Land on Mars

July 21, 1976

President Gerald R. Ford salutes the landings of the twin Viking explorers on Mars saying “Our achievements in space represent not only the height of technological skill; they also reflect the best in our country – our character, the capacity for creativity and sacrifice, and a willingness to reach into the unknown.” While in Congress, President Ford was a member of the House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration, where he helped draft the original Space Act that gave National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) its charter.

Viking I and II Land on Mars