Viking audio


Here are a couple of snippets of audio recorded in 1976:

Viking audio news service:

In the lead up to the Viking 1 landing, I recorded several brief news reports from the recorded JPL audio news service in Pasadena.

In 1976, such calls cost around $2.70 Australian per minute.

Here’s one 60 second item, complete with the progress tones at the start, and the charging tone as the call is connected:

audio 233kb mp3 file.

Viking 1 landing:

Recorded off-air from The Voice of America.

The audio quality is quite poor, but the excitement is impossible to hide:

audio 418kb mp3 file.


Recordings by Colin Mackellar, 1976.

(I’ll add more when I find them on my tapes.)