Astronomy Picture of the Day
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This panorama of the cratered lunar surface was constructed from
images returned by the
was not the first spacecraft to
accomplish a soft landing
on the Moon ... but it was
the first to
land and then
lift off again!
After the spacecraft touched down near the center of the
in November of 1967, NASA controllers commanded it to hop.
Briefly firing its rocket engine
and lifting itself some 4 meters above the surface, the
about 2.5 meters
to one side before setting down again.
The hopping success of Surveyor 6
essentially marked the completion of the
main mission -
to determine if the lunar terrain was safe for
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