Surveyor 3
April 17, 1967

  Television camera onboard the Surveyors

Television camera onboard the Surveyors
 

Surveyor 3 launches for the Moon. The purpose of the seven Surveyor missions (five of which are successful) is to land safely on the Moon, test the landing techniques planned for the manned Apollo lunar landers, take close-up images of the surface, and make other observations to find locations that will be safe for Apollo landings.

See also: National Space Science Data Center