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    SURVEYOR 3, THE SHOVEL-VARYING SPACECRAFT, MADE THE UNITED STATES SECOND SOFT LANDING ON THE MOON WEDNESDAY AND TELEVISED VIEWS OF A BROAD LEVEL WHERE ASTRONAUTS MAY LAND.

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    SURVEYOR 3, THE SHOVEL-VARYING SPACECRAFT, MADE THE UNITED STATES SECOND SOFT LANDING ON THE MOON WEDNESDAY AND TELEVISED VIEWS OF A BROAD LEVEL WHERE ASTRONAUTS MAY LAND.

    ITS SEEMINGLY PERFECT TOUCHDOWN AT 1:04 P.M. EST WAS FOLLOWED BY HOURS OF CONFUSION--DUE TO ???INTS OF TECHNICAL TROUBLE--AT THE JET PROPULSION LABORATORY, WHICH CONTROLS SURVEYOR.

    THE FIRST BATCH OF 11 PICTURES WAS ???????, DUE TO SUN GLARE, BUT LATER SHOTS, THOUGH STILL AFFECTED BY ????, WERE CONSIDERABLY BETTER.

    THE TRIPOD-SHAPE CRAFT ?????????? THE GAZED OUT ACROSS THE VAST OCEAN OF STORMS NEAR THE ???? OF THE LUNAR DISC. INITIAL SHOTS ????? A PLAIN ????? OF ???? FEATURES, BUT WITH A ROUGH SURFACE REMINISCENT OF A ????? FLEW. THE HORIZON SHOWED NO PROMINENCES.

    IN THE FIRST ???? ?? ?? AFTER LANDING THERE WERE INDICATIONS OF WEAK SIGNALS BUT TO A POSSIBLE POWER DRAIN, PICTURE TAKING WAS INTERRUPTED FOR PROLONGED ENGINEERING TESTS.

    FINALLY, EXPERTS CONCLUDE THAT THE TROUBLE--IF ANY --WAS IN TELEMENTRY EQUIPMENT, SURVEYORS, THEY SAID, WAS IN "GOOD" CONDITION AND SHOULD OPERATE INDEFINITELY, AS DID ITS PIONEERING PREDECESSOR SURVEYOR 1-- SNAPPER OF THOUSANDS OF LUNAR PICTURES.

    A SECOND BATCH OF 25 SHOTS, MADE WHEN THE SUN WAS AT A SLIGHTLY MORE FAVOURABLE ANGLE, INCLUDED SOME MARKEDLY SUPERIOR PHOTOS AMONG OTHERS THAT WERE INDISTINCT. GLARE REMAINED A PROBLEM, THE SUN WAS LOW ON THE HORIZON, IN SUNRISE POSITION, AND ITS RAYS PENETRATED UNDER THE CRAFT.

    EXPERTS SAID CLEARER PICTURES SHOULD COME WHEN THE SUN IS HIGHER IN THE SKY.

    THE FIRST SHOTS WERE AIMED AT THE SPIDERY SPACE VOYAGER ITSELF AND THE SURFACE OF THE ??? OCEAN OF STORMS ON WHICH-BRAKED BY TONGUES OF FIRE FROM ITS ROCKET--IT SETTLED SOFTLY AFTER A 65-HOUR, 217,000-MILE TRIP FROM CAPE KENNEDY, FLA.

    SCIENTISTS SAID STRAIN GAUGES ON THE LEGS SHOWED IT LANDED ON LEVEL GROUND AND REMAINED UPRIGHT, INDICATING SMOOTH TERRAIN.

    FIRST SHOTS SHOWED THE TUBULAR FRAM OF THE 10-FOOT-HIGH CRAFT AGAINST A DARK BACKGROUND. SMALL ROCK MARKS, ABOUT THE SIZE OF HALF DOLLAR, WERE VISIBLE ON THE GROUND.

    SURVEYOR'S MOST DISTINCTIVE FEATURE IS A SPINDLY ARM WITH A TOY-LIKE SHOVEL ON THE END. SOMETIME AFTER MIDNIGHT THURSDAY IT IS SCHEDULED TO SCOOP UP SOIL AND, TEAMING WITH THE CAMERA, ANALYZE IT.

    HOT LONG AFTER THE LANDING A LABORATORY SPOKESMAN SAID: "WE ARE GETTING CONFUSING AND CONFLICTING SIGNALS. AT FIRST THERE WAS INDICATION A HIGH CURRENT DRAIN FROM THE BATTERY".

    BUT TESTS SHOWED NO DEFINITE TROUBLE AND LATER SIGNALS INDICATED NO POWER DRAIN.

    "IT APPEARS," SAID THE SPOKESMAN, "THAT IF THERE IS ANY FAILURE IT IS IN THE TELEMENTRY (RADIO SIGNALS) RATHER THAN THE SPACECRAFT. THIS WOULD NOT INHIBIT THE OPERATION OF EITHER THE CAMERA OR SOIL SAMPLER."
    THE PICTURES: IS GRAFFITH NL ??? INCLUDING ??? INSERT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADLT7CI35ESUWKC9945K2Y6HQI
    Media URN:
    VLVADLT7CI35ESUWKC9945K2Y6HQI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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