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Mission

Kind: Lunar lander

State: Failure

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA

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Start:

Duration: 45 hours 3 min. to last contact, 62 hours 46 min. to failed soft landing

Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson

Rocket

Rocket: Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: Hughes Aircraft

Mass: 995.2 kilograms (2,194 lb)

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral LC-36A

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

"You’re going very fast when you’re on orbit, going around the world once every hour and a half." - Robert Crippen

Lander

"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Surveyor 2 was to be the second lunar lander in the uncrewed American Surveyor program to explore the Moon. It was launched September 20, 1966 from Cape Kennedy, Florida aboard an Atlas-Centaur rocket. A mid-course correction failure resulted in the spacecraft losing control. Contact was lost with the spacecraft at 9:35 UTC, September 22.

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