• Short Summary

    SYNOPSIS: THE FOURTH SURVEYOR SPACECRAFT IS AT CAPE KENNEDY UNDERGOING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR LAUNCH TO THE MOON.

  • Description

    SYNOPSIS: THE FOURTH SURVEYOR SPACECRAFT IS AT CAPE KENNEDY UNDERGOING FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR LAUNCH TO THE MOON.

    ITS MISSION: TO REPEAT THE PERFORMANCES OF SURVEYOR AND SURVEYOR 3 BY EXECUTING A SOFT LANDING ON THE LUNAR SURFACE AND OBTAINING FOR THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION ADDITIONAL DATA ESSENTIAL TO THE APOLLO MANNED LUNAR LANDING PROGRAM.

    LIKE ITS PREDECESSORS, SURVEYOR WILL CARRY A TELEVISION CAMERA TO PHOTOGRAPH IN MINUTE DETAIL. . .

    . . .ITS IMMEDIATE LANDING SITE . . . NEARBY CRATERS AND ROCKS . . . THE MOONSCAPE OUT TO THE HORIZON . . . AND SOME OF ITS OWN SYSTEMS.

    THE PAYLOAD WILL INCLUDE A SURFACE SAMPLING DEVICE, IDENTICAL TO THAT FLOWN ON SURVEYOR 3.

    THIS PICTURE TAKEN BY THE SURVEYOR 3 CAMERA LAST APRIL, SHOWS THE SURFACE SAMPLER DIGGING A TRENCH IN THE LUNAR SURFACE.

    SURVEYOR WILL BE BOOSTED INTO SPACE BY AN ATLAS-CENTAUR LAUNCH VEHICLE. IT WILL BE DESIGNATED SURVEYOR 4 FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH.

    ABOUT 16 HOURS AFTER LIFTOFF, THE SPACECRAFT WILL BE COMMANDED TO PERFORM A MID-COURSE MANEOUVRE TO CORRECT ITS TRAJECTORY.

    TO LAND INTACT ON THE MOON, SURVEYOR MUST SLOW DOWN FROM 6000 MILES PER HOUR TO ALMOST ZERO VELOCITY JUST A FEW FEET ABOVE THE MOON.

    ITS ROCKET ENGINES WILL CUT OFF AT ABOUT 14 FEET ALTITUDE AND THE SPACECRAFT WILL FREE-FALL TO THE SURFACE.

    AFTER TOUCHDOWN AND SOME INITIAL LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHY, THE SURFACE SAMPLER WILL BE DEPLOYED AND COMMANDED TO DIG, SCRAPE AND PICK THE MOON'S SURFACE AND TO MOVE SMALL AMOUNTS OF LUNAR MATERIAL FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER.

    STEP MOTION OF 26 STILL PICTURES TAKEN BY SURVEYOR 3'S TV CAMERA SHOWS THE SURFACE SAMPLER FURROWING A LUNAR TRENCH ABOUT 20 INCHES LONG AND FOUR INCHES DEEP.

    THE SERIES OF PICTURES IS SEEN NOW AT A FASTER SPEED.

    SURVEYOR IS BUILT FOR NASA BY THE HUGHES AIRCRAFT COMPANY UNDER THE TECHNICAL DIRECTION OF THE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY.

    THE MISSION WILL BE MONITORED AND CONTROLLED FROM THE SPACE FLIGHT OPERATIONS FACILITY AT JPL IN PASADENA, CALIF. FROM HERE ENGINEERS WILL REMAIN IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATIONS WITH SURVEYOR . . . .
    . . . . THROUGH THE WORLD-WIDE STATIONS OF THE DEEP SPACE NETWORK IN SPAIN . . . AUSTRALIA . . . AND AT GOLDSTONE, CALIFORNIA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7A2B1DFI65DVBH3FC4A30K5UV
    Media URN:
    VLVA7A2B1DFI65DVBH3FC4A30K5UV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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