Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Conrad • Gordon • Bean
Launched: November 14, 1969 • Landed: November 19, 1969 • Splashdown: November 24, 1969
—“I see the Surveyor! I see the Surveyor!” —
Apollo 12 stands out as the first of the Moon flights to achieve a pinpoint landing. Despite a rocky start caused by pre-launch lightning strikes and swirling lunar dust that obscured the lunar surface, Apollo 12 landed within 600 feet of its target, the Surveyor III probe, which had reached the Moon 31 months earlier. Now the astronauts could return parts of the probe to Earth for study of the long-term effects of exposure to the lunar environment. And being able to land in rugged terrain- the kind of site likely to offer the best scientific study - was vitally important for future missions. The astronauts explored the Moon for seven hours and 45 minutes, indicating that humans were capable of much more lunar activity than first thought. Though television broadcasts ended when Alan Bean inadvertently pointed the camera at the sun, Apollo 12 returned a wealth of lunar surface photos along with lunar rocks, soil - and pieces of Surveyor.
Location. 34° 42.667′ N, 86° 39.339′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lovell • Swigert • Haise (here, next to this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (here, next to this marker); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (here, next to this marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (here, next to this marker); Young • Mattingly • Duke (here, next to this marker); Cernan • Evans • Schmitt (here, next to this marker); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (a few steps from this marker); Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
Categories. • Air & Space • Exploration •
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