First TV Image of Mars (Hand Colored)

A real-time data translator machine converted a Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. Too anxious to wait for the official processed image, employees from the Telecommunications Section at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, attached these strips side by side to a display panel and hand colored the numbers like a paint-by-numbers picture.

The first ‘image’ of Mars from NASA’s Mariner 4 Mission team members for NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft, incredibly anxious to see the first up-close photograph of Mars, devised a way to see the image before it made its way to Earth by color-coding binary code on strips of ticker tape. The resulting collage became known as “the first image of Mars.” Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Hand-colored image of Mars from orbit.
First Mars Image Color Key
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Dan GoodsPublished: July 15, 1965

Photojournal: PIA14033