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ROSALIND FRANKLIN (ROVER)

Target: Mars  
State: Planned

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Mission

Kind: Lunar lander

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA

Date

Start:

Duration: 16 days (launch to last contact)

Mission Ending

Last Contact: May 3, 1967 (1967-05-04)

Rocket

Rocket: Atlas LV-3C Centaur-D

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: Hughes Aircraft

Mass: 1,026 kilograms (2,262 lb)

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral LC-36B

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

Place: Lunar

Region: 3°00′58″S 23°25′04″W / 3.01612°S 23.41791°W / -3.01612, -23.41791

Date: April 20, 1967, 00:04:53 UTC



Surveyor 3 was the third lander of the American unmanned Surveyor program sent to explore the surface of the Moon in 1967. It was the first mission to carry a surface-soil sampling-scoop. Surveyor 3 was visited by Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean in November, 1969, and remains the only probe visited by humans on another world. They brought back some parts of it to study, including its TV camera.

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