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Fifty Years of Moon Dust: Surveyor 1 Was a Pathfinder For Apollo


Surveyor 1's shadow against the lunar surface

Image of Surveyor 1's shadow against the lunar surface in the late lunar afternoon, with the horizon at the upper right.

Credit: NASA/JPL

Before humans could take their first steps on the moon, that mysterious and forbidding surface had to be reconnoitered by robots.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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