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


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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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