Last month, a microbiology lab in Nottingham, England made international headlines when it unearthed a substance that kills methicillin-resistant staph, one of the deadliest superbugs of modern times. The most astounding part about the find? It was a 1,000-year-old Viking potion.
At 8:51 UT July 20th, 1976, the Viking 1 lander separated from its orbiting counter-part. In just over two hours it would become the the first spacecraft to successfully land on Mars and carry out its mission.
35 years ago today, Viking 1 departed to Mars. Eleven months later, it showed the sand, rocks and sky of the legendary Red Planet for the first time: