The first American spacecraft to make a soft landing on the Moon

This section is in the process of being updated, and things might be moved around.
Also, I haven’t yet been able to add many illustrations and photos – but they will come!
Please check back. – Colin.

In this section

Surveyor 1


Surveyor A Press Kit

People at Tidbinbilla for Surveyor

Surveyor 1 audio – Launch and Landing

Surveyor 1: America’s First Moon Landing

Images returned

Surveyor tales from John Flaxman

Surveyor tales from Bruce Window (see part 3)

Surveyor Mission D Handbook

Surveyor TV camera new

Images from other Surveyor missions:
Surveyor 3. new

The Surveyor Program – by Hamish Lindsay

The Surveyor series of spacecraft was crucial in paving the way for Apollo.

Surveyor 1 50th anniversary
Surveyor 1

Tuesday 31 May 1966
Launch: 0041:01 AEST

Thursday 2 June 1966
Lunar landing: 1617:36 AEST
AOS at DSS-42 Tidbinbilla: 1708:19 AEST
Tidbinbilla prime: 2130 AEST


This engineering mockup of a Surveyor hangs in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Photo: Colin Mackellar.