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Missions to Moon - Surveyor

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Surveyor | image: http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov

Country : USA
Research Org : NASA
Mission launch : launched in 1966 - 1968
Surveyor 1 : Launched 30 May 1966
Surveyor 2 : Launched 20 September 1966
Surveyor 3 : Launched 17 April 1967
Surveyor 4 : Launched 14 July 1967
Surveyor 5 : Launched 08 September 1967
Surveyor 6 : Launched 07 November 1967
Surveyor 7 : Launched 07 January 1968

The Surveyor probes were the first U.S. spacecraft to land safely on the Moon. The main objectives of the Surveyors were to obtain close-up images of the lunar surface and to determine if the terrain was safe for manned landings. Each Surveyor was equipped with a television camera. In addition, Surveyors 3 and 7 each carried a soil mechanics surface sampler scoop which dug trenches and was used for soil mechanics tests and Surveyors 5, 6, and 7 had magnets attached to the footpads and an alpha scattering instrument for chemical analysis of the lunar material.

References
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lunar/surveyor.html

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 December 2010 01:33 )