Surveyor I

Basic Information

  • Launched: May 30, 1966, 14:41:01 UTC
  • Landed: June 2, 1966 06:17:36 UTC
  • Last Contact: Jan 7, 1967

Surveyor I, the first U.S.  spacecraft to land softly on the moon, returned a  large  quantity of  scientific  data  during  its  first  2  lunar  days of operation on the lunar surface.  Following its landing on June 2, 1966, in the southwest portion of Oceanus Procellarum, the spacecraft transmitted 11 240 high-resolution television pictures. Surveyor I completed its primary mission successfully on July 14, 1966, after transmitting, in addition to the television pictures, data on the bearing strength, temperatures, and radar reflectivity of the Moon. Subsequent engineering interrogations of the spacecraft were con­ ducted through January 1967.

Source: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera