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Surveyor Model 02
Surveyor Model 2 Mission to Our Solar System Surveyor Model 2 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: This mission plan called for the launch of a model of the Surveyor lunar-lander spacecraft toward a simulated Moon, demonstrating a restart capability for the Centaur upper stage.

Accomplishments: None. The spacecraft achieved Earth orbit, but the second Centaur engine firing was unsuccessful.


Key Dates
8 Apr 1966:  Launch
5 May 1966:  End of Lunar Mission
5 May 1966:  Burned up in Earth's Atmosphere
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Surveyor Model 02 Facts Although it was not sent to the Moon, the mission served as a test of the Surveyor spacecraft that would pioneer lunar landing techniques.

A thrust imbalance left the payload tumbling and left it stranded in Earth orbit.

It burned up in Earth's atmosphere a few weeks later.
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