Man and Machine

Black and white image of astronaut standing next to robotic lander on the surface of the Moon.
September 26, 2017
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Apollo 12 astronaut Alan L. Bean, lunar module pilot, examines the robotic Surveyor 3 spacecraft during his second extravehicular activity (EVA) on the Moon on 20 November 1969. Surveyor spacecraft pioneered the technology that enabled Apollo astronauts to reach the Moon.

The Lunar Module (LM) Intrepid is in the background (right). This picture was taken by commander Charles Conrad Jr.

Intrepid landed on the Moon's Ocean of Storms on 19 November 1969 only about 600 feet (180 meters) from the Surveyor 3 spacecraft.

The television camera and several other components were taken from Surveyor 3 and brought back to Earth for scientific analysis.