Surveyor 3 lasted through a full, two-week long lunar day, finally going silent after lunar sunset on May 3, 1967; the spacecraft never woke up after the two-week long lunar night. Over the course of the mission the spacecraft spent 18 hours, 22 minutes digging small trenches in the surface and gathered 6326 pictures. It also gathered a wealth of new data on the strength, texture, and structure of lunar material, all of which was remotely sent back to Earth.
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But the last remote transmission wasn't the end of Surveyor 3's mission, nor was it the last interaction NASA scientists would have with the spacecraft. On Nov. 19, 1969, Apollo 12 touched down less than 600 feet from Surveyor 3, an incredibly precise landing on only the second lunar landing mission.
Commander Pete Conrad and Lunar Module Pilot Al Bean visited the spacecraft on their second moonwalk. They examined Surveyor 3 and its resting site, photographed the spacecraft, and removed about 22 pounds of hardware to bring back to Earth. Among the recovered pieces was the TV camera, which is now on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.