Space: Virtuosity on the Moon

Faithfully obeying its distant masters at Pasadena's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Surveyor 3 last week continued to show remarkable versatility on the surface of the moon. It shot and transmitted hundreds of pictures, took the moon's temperature, did some scientific stargazing, dug trenches, uncovered a buried rock, and even played around with a bit of lunar soil.

With its facile, steel-tipped aluminum claw, which can be extended to 5 ft., Surveyor dug and photographed more trenches, helping to confirm its earlier finding that the soil at the surface in this area of the Ocean of Storms is dry and granular but...

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