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Surveyor (Apollo 12 site craterlet name) (Surveyor 3 site)

Lat: 3.01510°S, Long: 23.41946°W, Diam: 0.158 km, Depth: km, Rükl: 42

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Left: Lunar Orbiter frame III-154H2 with Davies and Colvin positions marked; Right: Apollo 12 Site Traverses Chart


LPOD Photo Gallery Lunar Orbiter Images Apollo Images

  • Mike Constantine's assembled panorama shows the Surveyor crater at left, LM Intrepid and parabolic antenna near it, flag at centre, and the TV-camera at right. At far left is Surveyor 3 noticeable, sitting at the shadowed inner slope of Surveyor crater.
  • Officially there are no color photographs of Surveyor 3 on the lunar surface. Careful investigation however reveals more than one color-Hasselblad photograph on which Surveyor 3 is seen, sitting at the eastern shadowed inner slope of Surveyor crater. These photographs are:

Magazine 46/Y:

Magazine 47/V:

Research photographs: Danny Caes.

Surveyor 3's tan-like coloration
Note the somewhat tan-like coloration of Surveyor 3 on all of these photographs, a coloration which was also observed by the astronauts during their close-up investigation of the lander (sadly enough, they forgot to take color close-ups of it).
Descriptions of Surveyor 3's tan-coloration are online in Eric M. Jones's Apollo Lunar Surface Journal (ALSJ), and also in the book Die Mondlandung, der Menschheit Grosstes Abenteuer by Herbert J. Pichler (Verlag Fritz Molden, 1970).
- DannyCaes Feb 15, 2009


(LAC zone 76A2) LAC map Geologic map LM map AIC map

Ewen Whitaker and Surveyor 3

Thanks to Ewen Whitaker, astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean (Apollo 12) landed their Lunar Module Intrepid very near the landingsite of Surveyor 3 at the Surveyor crater which was part of the Snowman (a cluster of small craters more-or-less snowman shaped). Ewen Whitaker discovered the pinpoint spot of Surveyor 3 on Lunar Orbiter photographs. See also the page Apollo 12 Site.



Additional Information

  • IAU page: Surveyor
  • The position and diameter in the title line are from Davies and Colvin, who determined the position by scaling from a known point in the Site Traverses Chart which is probably based on Lunar Orbiter III photos.
  • The much less precise official data from the IAU Planetary Gazetteer are: Lat: 3.2°S, Long: 23.4°W, Diam: 0.01 km.


Astronaut-named feature, Apollo 12 site.

LPOD Articles

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Harland, David M. 1999. Exploring the Moon (Springer).

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