Surveyor 1 launches from Cape Canaveral, Florida.
The Surveyor series of missions is the first U.S. effort to make
a soft landing on the Moon. The missions will test a new high-energy
Atlas/Centaur rocket and a new spacecraft design; two-way communications
to control spacecraft activities from the ground; and a new and
elegant landing method, with three steerable rocket engines controlled
by onboard radar.
Space Science Data Center