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Surveyor 3 Scoop Gallery


The sign accompanying the scoop. It reads

Surveyor 3 Scoop

From 1966 to 1968, NASA sent seven Surveyor spacecraft to the Moon. The goals of the program were to demonstrate the capability of soft landings on the Moon and make mid-course corrections during transit. Surveyor 3 was the third lander in this program and the first with a surface scoop. Surveyor 3 landed on April 20, 1967 and sent images and soil data back to Earth after digging four parallel trenches.

Apollo 12 astronauts Alan Bean and Pete Conrad traveled to the Moon in November 1969. One of their primary objectives was to land within walking distance of the Surveyor 3 spacecraft and bring back the scoop and television camera for research on long-term exposure to the vacuum of space and the lunar surface environment. The scoop in front of you was retrieved from the Moon on November 20 by the Apollo 12 crew on their second moonwalk.

Sign accompanying the Surveyor 3 Scoop at Kansas Cosmosphere
Time picture taken Sat Apr 16 17:50:04 2016
Location picture taken Apollo Cameras Gallery
Hall of Space
Kansas Cosmosphere
Hutchinson, KS
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