Surveyor III Images

with thanks to Keith Aldworth



Keith Aldworth scanned his Polaroids,
and provided the captions,
of these images received at Tidbinbilla from Surveyor III.

Surveyor III landed in Mare Insularum in Oceanus Procellarum
on Thursday 20 April 1967.
Two and half years later, the spacecraft was visited by Peter Conrad and Alan Bean
when they landed Apollo 12’s Lunar Module, “Intrepid”, a short distance away..

 

Surveyor

Les Whaley at the Surveyor TV console.

The camera mounted on the console took these images.

From Les Whaley, scanned by Mike Dinn.

 

Surveyor III images

01 As the scoop is deployed – shadow of omni antenna on surface.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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02 Beginning the first trench.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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03 Close-up of sample on placed on footpad.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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04 Close-up of surface being sampled.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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05 Earth photographed from the Moon.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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06 First ever photo of the Earth eclipsing the Sun, taken on the Moon.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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07 Footpad showing indentation into lunar surface.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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08 Large crater not far from the spacecraft.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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09 Lengthening shadows towards the end of Lunar day.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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10 Loose rocks nearby.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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11 Shadow of solar panels and scoop as lunar day draws to a close.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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12 Small crater.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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13 Small rock close to spacecraft.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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14 Sunset sequence 01.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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15 Sunset sequence 02.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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16 Sunset sequence 03.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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17 Sunset sequence 04.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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18 Sunset sequence 05.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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19 Sunset sequence 06.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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20 Sunset sequence 07.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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21 Sunset sequence 08.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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22 Sunset sequence 09.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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23 Sunset sequence 10.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.


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24 Two trenches dug.

Scan: Keith Aldworth.