Surveyor 7
January 9, 1968

  Image of the Moon

Despite the more hazardous terrain in the landing area, Surveyor 7 lands without incident. In addition to acquiring a wide variety of lunar surface data, Surveyor 7 also takes pictures of Earth and performs star surveys. Laser beams from Earth are successfully detected by the craft's television camera in a special test of laser-pointing techniques.

Surveyor 7 is the last of its series. All told, the Surveyors acquire 90,000 images from five sites on the Moon and help select landing spots for the Apollo missions. The next landings on the Moon will be the beginnings of the Apollo missions.

See also: National Space Science Data Center

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