reply to post by Tsurugi
Hmmmm. It seems the Apollo flights brought back pieces of the previously crashed Surveyer 3:
Surveyor 3 was one of five automated spacecraft that successfully soft-landed
and operated on the lunar surface, acquired a vast amount of new scientific and
engineering data, and provided a firm foundation for subsequent manned
landings on the Moon.
When we designed and launched these Surveyors, there was no plan for
them to be visited by astronauts in subsequent manned missions. Some of us,
however, had the quiet hope that, at some later date, astronauts would walk
up to a landed Surveyor, examine and photograph it and the surrounding
terrain, and remove and return to Earth selected components for engineering
and scientific studies.
Such an opportunity was provided by the Apollo 12 mission. Thirty-one
months after Surveyor 3 landed, the crew of Apollo 12 photographed the
spacecraft and its landing site, and removed and brought back a number of
selected components. These parts, which included the television camera, were
analyzed to determine the effects on the hardware of the long exposure to the
The returned material and photographs have been studied and evaluated
bv 40 teams of engineering and scientific investigators over a period of more than
1 year. A few tasks are still in process and several proposals for additional studies
have been received...