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The sign by the Surveyor test article. It reads

(test article)

The mission of the Surveyor project was to develop basic techniques for soft-landing on the Moon, to survey potential Apollo landing sites, and to obtain photographs and other scientific information. Of the seven Surveyors launched from 1966 through 1968, five landed successfully. They transmitted to Earth 87,632 television pictures of the lunar surface, sampled the lunar soil (using the little scoop on the extended arm), and performed chemical analyses of the soil and other scientific experiments.

This Surveyor spacecraft was used for ground tests.

Height: 3 m (10 ft)
Width: 3.5 m (11 ft 6 in)
Weight (at landing): 283 kg (625 lb)
Manufacturer: Hughes Aircraft Corp.
Launch vehicle: Atlas-Centaur

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The Surveyor test article is NASM catalog #A19700294000.

Exploring the Moon Gallery at National Air & Space Museum
Time picture taken Tue Jun 19 11:18:04 2007
Location picture taken Second Floor Balcony
Overlooking Space Race Gallery
National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC
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