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Surveyor 04
Surveyor 4 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Like Surveyor 3, Surveyor 4 was to photograph the lunar terrain and test the soil in preparation for Apollo lunar landing missions.

Accomplishments: None. Despite a flawless flight to the Moon, contact was lost a heartbreaking 2.5 minutes before scheduled touchdown on the lunar surface.


Key Dates
14 Jul 1967:  Launch (11:53:29 UT)
17 Jul 1967:  Contact Lost (02:03 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
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Surveyor 04 Facts This Surveyor was to land at Sinus Medii on the Moon.

Contact was abruptly lost with only 2.5 minutes to touchdown.

Engineers suspected the spacecraft exploded before landing.
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