Surveyor 2

Surveyor Spacecraft Surveyor Spacecraft

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

Mission Summary

Surveyor 2 was designed as a follow-on to the highly successful Surveyor 1 mission and was the second of seven moon landers tasked with collecting lunar data in preparation for NASA's Apollo missions.

However, during its coast to the moon, one of the spacecraft's three thrusters failed to ignite, throwing the spacecraft into a spin. The spacecraft lost control and crashed into the moon just southeast of Copernicus crater on September 23, 1966.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system


Type: Lander/Rover
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: September 20, 1966
(12:32 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Landing Date: September 23, 1966
03:18 UTC
 
Mission End Date: September 23, 1966
 
Target: Moon
 
Destination: Moon
 
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