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Earth May Have Captured a 1960s-Era Rocket Booster

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In 1966, NASA launched Surveyor 2 to the Moon. Now its rocket booster has apparently returned to near-Earth space. Earth has captured a tiny object from its orbit around the Sun and will keep it as a temporary satellite for…

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Footpads and Footprints: Humans and Machine Meet on the Moon

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Before astronauts ever landed on the moon, the Soviets and the Americans sent a fleet of robotic spacecraft to scout the way.

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Looks at Apollo 12, Surveyor 3 Landing Sites

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The Lunar Orbiter program, much like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, was designed primarily to obtain images that would allow scientists and engineers to characterize the moon’s surface in the context of finding safe and engaging landing sites for future missions. Between…

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Centaur Launched a Generation of Interplanetary Missions

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The several hundred Lewis Research Center (now NASA Glenn) employees gathered in the cafeteria were just settling down after remotely watching the first Titan-Centaur (TC-1) lift off into the blue Florida sky when a voice on the public address system…

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Centaur: America’s Workhorse in Space

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A high-energy rocket is largely responsible for advancing the quest for knowledge and revolutionizing global communications. Its name is Centaur, and it is America’s Workhorse in Space. Centaur is one of Lewis Research Center’s (now NASA Glenn) most significant achievements.…

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Surveyor 2 Impacts Moon

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Surveyor II spacecraft impacted the moon near the crater Copernicus on September 22, 1966.

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Surveyor 1 Lands on the Moon

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Surveyor I spacecraft made a perfect low-speed, three-point landing on the moon on June 1, 1966, after a 63-hour, 36-minute flight from Cape Kennedy.

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