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Surveyor (spacecraft), series of seven unpiloted probes that were the first American spacecraft to soft-land, or land without crashing, on the moon. Surveyor probes gathered data about the moon’s surface composition to help scientists plan the Apollo piloted lunar landing missions. The Surveyor program was the American response to the Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft, which became the first craft to soft-land on the moon on February 3, 1966.

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Portree, David S. F., B.A., M.S.

Freelance writer and space historian. Author of "Walking to Olympus: An EVA Chronology".



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