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Surveyor 3 and the Apollo 12 Lunar Module on the Moon
Surveyor 3 and the Apollo 12 Lunar Module on the Moon (click to enlarge)

Surveyor 3 and the Apollo 12 Lunar Module on the Moon
Date: 20 Nov 1969

This image shows the Surveyor 3 spacecraft, which landed on the moon on 20 April 1967. In the background is the Apollo 12 lunar module.

The lunar module landed about 180 m (600 feet) from Surveyor on 19 November 1969 and on the second moonwalk EVA (extra vehicular activity), on 20 November, astronauts Charles Conrad Jr. and Alan Bean visited the craft, took pictures and removed some parts for return to Earth.

The sample scoop on a pantograph arm projects to the right, the cylinder just to the right of the center mast is the camera, and the solar panels are at the top of the mast. This northwest looking photo was taken by Alan Bean. The Surveyor 3 spacecraft is about 3 m (10 feet) from the ground to the highest point on the solar panels.

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