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Surveyor 02
Surveyor 2 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Like other spacecraft in the Surveyor program, Surveyor 2 was designed to develop and validate technologies for soft landings on the Moon and gather information about the lunar surface.

Accomplishments: None. One of the three thrusters failed to ignite for a midcourse correction, putting the spacecraft into an unwanted spin. It crashed on the Moon just south of Copernicus crater.


Key Dates
20 Sep 1966:  Launch (12:32 UT)
22 Sep 1966:  Lunar Impact (09:34 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
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Surveyor 02 Facts A failed thruster caused loss of control. Surveyor 2 crashed near Copernicus crater (right).

The Surveyor program cost about $469 million.

A total of seven spacecraft were launched during the program.
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