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Exploring the Moon Gallery Gallery


Detail of the Surveyor's soil mechanics surface sampler (the official name of scoop at the end of the arm). This was used to dig into the lunar surface, providing information about the properties of the soil. The Apollo 12 astronauts returned Surveyor 3's scoop so that scientists could study the effects of exposure to the vacuum, radiation, and micrometeor bombardment of space.

Note the high-pressure helium tank (the sphere with the black band), used to pressurize the vernier engine propellant system. Also note the green TD-339 vernier engine near the landing leg hinge point.

Time picture taken Sat Jun 25 11:28:42 2011
Location picture taken Second Floor Balcony
Overlooking Lunar Exploration Vehicles Gallery
National Air & Space Museum
Washington, DC
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