Surveyor 6

Surveyor Spacecraft Surveyor Spacecraft

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

Mission Summary

Part of the highly successful series of lunar landers sent to the moon to examine the feasibility of a future human mission, Surveyor 6 was the first spacecraft to be launched from the surface of the moon. It lifted itself to about 3 meters altitude and flew about 2.5 meters from its initial landing point to further validate Surveyor 5's finding that the lunar soil is basaltic, an important detail for Apollo mission planners.

The spacecraft returned nearly 30,000 images of the moon, some of which were photographs of the spacecraft's original landing footprint, which helped sceintists determine the lunar soil's mechanical properties.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system
- Alpha-scattering surface analyzer


Type: Lander/Rover
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: November 07, 1967
(07:39 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Landing Date: November 10, 1967
01:01 UTC
 
Mission End Date: December 14, 1967
 
Target: Moon
 
Destination: Sinus Medii, Moon
 
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