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Principal scientific results of the Surveyor 3 Mission

Jaffe, L. D. and Batterson, S. A. and Brown, W. E., Jr. and Christensen, E. M. and Gault, D. E. and Lucas, J. W. and Norton, R. H. and Scott, R. F. and Shoemaker, E. M. and Sutton, G. H. and Turkevich, A. L. (1968) Principal scientific results of the Surveyor 3 Mission. Journal of Geophysical Research, 73 (12). pp. 3983-3987. ISSN 0148-0227. doi:10.1029/JB073i012p03983.

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The fine lunar surface material at the Surveyor 3 landing site has about 3 × 10^3-dyne/cm^2 cohesion, 35° angle of internal friction, 3 × 10^5-dyne/cm^2 static bearing capacity. A small rock withstood a local pressure of 2 × 10^7 dynes/cm^2. Soil strength and density increase significantly at depths of a few centimeters. Exposed surface has a considerably higher albedo than the material just below it. The photometric function changed when the surface was slightly compressed. Fine surface material appears to be gradually moving downslope.

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Additional Information:Copyright 1968 by the American Geophysical Union. (Received January 23, 1968.)
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Official Citation:Jaffe, L. D., et al. (1968), Principal scientific results of the Surveyor 3 Mission, J. Geophys. Res., 73(12), 3983–3987, doi:10.1029/JB073i012p03983.
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