Today in 1966: Surveyor 1 landed on the Moon. It was the first U.S. spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon. The Surveyor series was designed to carry out soft landings on the Moon and provide data about its surface and possible atmosphere. The artifact pictured here is an engineering model, S-10, used for thermal control tests. It was reconfigured to represent a flight model of Surveyor 3 or later, since it was the first to have a scoop and claw surface sampler. See it on display at our Museum in Washington, DC: http://bit.ly/1wXMQUI
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