Surveyor 4

Surveyor Spacecraft Surveyor Spacecraft

A model of the Surveyor spacecraft series. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Mission Summary

Despite a perfect flight to the moon, Surveyor 4, which was designed to conduct further studies of the lunar surface in preparation for the upcoming Apollo missions, met an untimely end just 2.5 minutes before landing on the moon.

Communication was lost just before the moon lander's retrorocket, a device designed slow the spacecraft during its descent, cut off. NASA concluded that the spacecraft might have exploded, thus causing the loss of communication.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system
- Lunar surface sampler


Type: Lander/Rover
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: July 14, 1967
(11:53 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Mission End Date: July 17, 1967
 
Target: Moon
 
Destination: Moon
 
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