Close Up View of the Footpad of Surveyor 5 on the Lunar Surface

Footpad of Surveyor 5 spacecraft on lunar soil
Historical DateSeptember 11, 1967
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Surveyor 5 image of the footpad resting in the lunar soil. The trench at right was formed by the footpad sliding during landing. Surveyor 5 landed on the Moon on 11 September 1967 at 1.41 N, 23.18 E in Mare Tranquillitatis. The spacecraft landed on the inside edge of a small rimless crater at an angle of about 20 degrees, explaining the sliding. The footpad is about half a meter in diameter. (Surveyor 5, 67-H-1340)