Contact Us

Anniversary June 2 of Surveyor Spacecraft on Moon

Surveyor 1 on Moon
Apollo 12 astronaut visits Surveyor 3, with Apollo 12 in background on the lunar surface. (NASA photo)
The Surveyor series of robotic spacecraft were the first American vehicles to “soft land” on the moon. Surveyor 1 landed June 2, 1966.

Surveyor 1 was not the first, though. Russia’s Luna 9 made it there first about four months earlier. Surveyor was recently photographed from a satellite in orbit around the moon. (see lower photo)

All the Surveyors had the same framework, but were loaded with different types of instruments for each mission, investigating the surface for the upcoming Apollo manned missions.

Two of the seven Surveyor craft did not land on the moon because of technical problems.

Apollo 12, the second manned lunar expedition, landed close enough to Surveyor 3 that astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean took some “selfies” with the craft (upper photo).

Best of KLYQ

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://klyq.com using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KLYQ Club VIP quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KLYQ Club VIP contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.