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Surveyor 3 Sample Return

NSSDCA ID: 1969-099C-11

Mission Name: Apollo 12 Lunar Module / ALSEP
Principal Investigator:Dr. R. E. Benson


The Apollo 12 Lunar Module landed about 183 m from Surveyor 3 and the astronauts visited Surveyor on 20 November 1969 and removed the camera, a polished, unpainted aluminum support tube near one of the landing legs, a piece of cable, and the sample scoop. These were brought back to Earth for examination to determine the long-term effect (30 months) of the lunar environment on spacecraft hardware.

Alternate Names

  • Apollo12ALSEP/Surveyor3SampleReturn


    Additional Information

    Questions and comments about this experiment can be directed to: Dr. David R. Williams



    NameRoleOriginal AffiliationE-mail
    Dr. R. E. BensonPrincipal InvestigatorNASA Johnson Space Center
    Mr. Burton G. Cour-PalaisTeam MemberNASA Johnson Space Center

    Selected References

    • Benson, R. E., et al., Preliminary results from Surveyor 3 analysis, in Apollo 12 Prelim. Sci. Rept., NASA SP-235, 217-223, 1970.
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