As a bicentennial spectacular, it was literally out of this world. After a near flawless flight of over 400 million miles, Viking 1 became the first American spacecraft to land on another planet. The first pictures from the Martian surface were stunningly clear. No, there weren't any little green men running around; yet millions still hoped that some evidence of life would eventually be found. But why does man reach out to the unknown and search for life in the universe? What are the implications for man's perception of his place in the cosmos?
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