Space: The Little Spacecraft that Could

On the same day that giant Saturn 5 made its triumphant and tumultuous flight, little Surveyor 6, practically un heralded, settled to a gentle landing on the moon. But last week, after faultlessly running through the familiar Surveyor photography and chemical analysis chores, the ungainly-looking craft made everyone sit up and take notice.

On a signal from earth it fired its three vernier engines, rose ten feet from the surface and then landed again, eight feet from its original site. It was the first rocket-powered takeoff from the face of the moon....

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