Charles "Pete" Conrad and Alan Bean executed a near-pinpoint landing, touching down
just 600 feet from their target, Surveyor 3, an unmanned probe launched in 1967.
Alan Bean can be seen next to the Intrepid Lunar Module, unloading geological
tools and other gear. Next to him stands a large S-band antenna used for communications
with Earth. Conrad's shadow almost touches the American flag, which was stiffened with
wire to hold it up in the moon's airless environment. The color TV camera (seen
standing by itself) would have sent the first color images of moonwalkers back to
Earth, but Bean accidentally pointed the camera at the Sun while carrying it,
rendering it useless.
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