NBC Evening News for Monday, Jul 19, 1976
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(Studio) Viking I to land on Mars Tuesday Russian craft landed on Mars in 1971 but its power systems died. Same thing occurred to Soviet craft in 1973.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Pasadena, California) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) animation shows possibilities with regard to life on Mars. Bacteria is not likely life form on Mars. [Jet Propulsion Lab Dr. Bruce MURRAY - says life can form in other parts of galaxy if it can form on Mars.] [Astronomer Dr. Carl SAGAN - comments on origin of life on earth and Mars.] [MURRAY - says important to realize that there are other forms of life elsewhere.] [SAGAN - says Viking may not find Mars microorganisms.] [MURRAY - tells how equipment will look for life.] [SAGAN - says Viking I could find large examples of Martian life.] [MURRAY - says it's naive to expect to see Martians on Mars.]
REPORTER: Roy Neal
(Studio) Several science fiction writers will view Mars photos for signs of life at the Jet propulsion Lab tomorrow.
REPORTER: David Brinkley