Mariner 4 Drawing
Height: 11 in
Width: 20 in
Note: Frame Dimensions: 26" x 18"
The enormously slow transmission of digital image data from Mariner 4 in July 1965 was converted by a “real-time data translator” into numbers printed on strips of paper, which were then converted into a processed image. Too anxious to wait for the official image, engineers at Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, proceeded to attach these strips side by side and hand-color the numbers with crayons, creating what is known as the “first image” of Mars.