The first photograph taken on the surface of Mars, the Red Planet

Space Mission
Viking 1, 20 July 1976

Taken by a camera on board the robotic Viking 1 spacecraft

Photo Description
Vintage gelatin silver print on resin coated Kodak paper, 20.3 x 25.4cm (8 x 10in), with “This Paper Manufactured By Kodak” watermarks and NASA JPL caption affixed to the verso

“This is the first photograph ever taken on the surface of the Planet Mars. It was obtained by Viking 1 just minutes after the spacecraft landed successfully earlier today.” (NASA caption)