Astronaut pay a visit to Surveyor 3

The fifth of a series of Surveyor spacecraft, designed to soft land on the moon, will be launched from Cape Kennedy during a launch period beginning Friday, September 8, and ending Wednesday, September 13.

The launch window on Friday opens at 12:39 a.m. PDT. The press room will be open at JPL at 11:30 p.m. PDT Thursday.

Commentary on the mission will be provided during major events. The flight time to the moon will be about 65 hours. If Surveyor succeeds in the soft landing and returns lunar photo- graphs to earth, picture release will be at JPL.

The Surveyor will be equipped for the first time with a device to make an analysis of the lunar soil by bombardment with radioactive particles. The payload on this flight will again include a magnetic test device to determine if the lunar soil contains magnetic material.

The target area will be in the eastern half of the moon in the Sea of Tranquility.


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