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Avaneya: Viking Lander Remastered DVD
Recover lost photographs from the first successful mission to the surface of Mars.

Whether you are a fan of science fiction, a space–science enthusiast, hobbyist, photographer, gamer or a patron of grass–roots libre arts and technology, you are sure to find the first successful images from the surface of Mars highly captivating. These mind blowing images were taken by NASA's Viking landers during the highly ambitious, billion–dollar mission first launched in 1975. However, many images were nearly lost to history due to magnetic tape deterioration and archaic proprietary technology.

With NASA's blessing, our team developed the technology to recover many of these images. This research tool was part of the design phase of our parent project, Avaneya — our upcoming libre cerebral science fiction game for the GNU operating system set on Mars, described in the words of Richard Stallman as an exciting, pioneering project.

Originally an internal research tool, overwhelming public interest compelled us to release the technology on this DVD for all. Now everyone can relive the original breathtaking experience that captured the world's attention and marked the first successful moment in history that humanity saw Mars — not as a distant, impersonal, celestial body, beheld through a telescope for centuries, but as a tangible and alien world well within its reach.


For comprehensive background information, refer to the Avaneya Project Crew Handbook's chapter on the Viking Lander Remastered.


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The Solnet server, build environment scripts, and any other relevant executable data
GFDLBencook13 December 2013
UML and other design documents, doxygen output, man pages, and other relevant data, but not including the Avaneya: Project Crew Handbook
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The Avaneya Font Family typeface and all associated source files
GPLv3orlaterBencook13 December 2013
AresEngine, VikingExtractor, shaders, Lua scripts, build environment scripts, and any other relevant executable data
PublicDomainBencook13 December 2013
Viking Lander mission data archived by the Science Digital Data Preservation Task, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, provided courtesy of the NASA Planetary Data System and is released into the public domain.

Leaders and contributors

Kip Warner Author

Resources and communication

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Users Homepage
Users Bug Tracking
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Announcements Mailing List
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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use friendly desktop environment (one of Gnome, KDE, LXDE, MATE, Unity, or Xfce)
Required to use 512 MB RAM
Required to use Keyboard and mouse
Required to use DVD Optical Drive
Weak prerequisite Internet connectivity recommended
Required to use GNU Operating System (one of Ubuntu 12.04.2–13.04; Kubuntu 12.04.2–13.04; Lubuntu 12.10–13.04; Ubuntu Studio 13.04; Xubuntu 13.04; Debian 7.0; Fedora 19; Linux Mint 15; or OpenSUSE 12.3)
Weak prerequisite GStreamer >= 1.0
Required to use Python 3
Required to use 32 or 64-bit Processor (i386, amd64, or mipsel)
Required to use Gtk+ 3
Required to use 600 MB of available Hard Drive Space


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