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Surveyor V: Lunar Surface Mechanical Properties

Christensen, E. M. and Choate, R. and Jaffe, L. D. and Spencer, R. L. and Sperling, F. B. and Batterson, S. A. and Benson, H. E. and Hutton, R. E. and Jones, R. H. and Ko, H. Y. and Schmidt, F. N. and Scott, R. F. and Sutton, G. H. (1967) Surveyor V: Lunar Surface Mechanical Properties. Science, 158 (3801). pp. 637-640. ISSN 0036-8075.

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The mechanical properties of the lunar soil at the Surveyor V landing site seem to be generally consistent with values determined for soils at the landing sites of Surveyor I and III. These three maria sites are hundreds of kilometers apart. However, the static bearing capability may be somewhat lower than that at the previous landing sites (2 x 10^5 to 6 x 10^5 dynes per square centimeter or 3 to 8 pounds per square inch). The results of the erosion experiment, the spacecraft landing effects, and other observations indicate that the soil has significant amounts of fine-grained material and a measurable cohesion.

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Additional Information:© 1967 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Received 9 October 1967. This paper presents the results of one phase of research carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract No. NAS 7-100, sponsored by NASA. We thank the many NASA, JPL, and Hughes Aircraft Co. personnel for successfully landing and operating a spacecraft on the moon.
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Official Citation:Surveyor V: Lunar Surface Mechanical Properties E. M. Christensen, R. Choate, L. D. Jaffe, R. L. Spencer, F. B. Sperling, S. A. Batterson, H. E. Benson, R. E. Hutton, R. H. Jones, H. Y. Ko, F. N. Schmidt, R. F. Scott, G. H. Sutton Science 3 November 1967: Vol. 158 no. 3801 pp. 637-640 DOI: 10.1126/science.158.3801.637
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