Country of Origin: United States of America
Other (Lunar Surface Model): 204 in. diameter (518.2cm)
Other (Lunar Surface Model Max): 16in. (40.6cm)
Other (lunar surface model min): 5in. (12.7cm)
Styrofoam glued together, covered with water putty mixed with styrofoam. Sawdust and volcanic cinders were added for detail to the surface. Powdered cinders and scale rocks from the San Francisco volcanic field placed on top.
This model of the Surveyor V landing site was constructed by the U.S. Geological Survey, Center of Astrogeology, as an attempt to duplicate a small part of the lunar surface. The topography, color, texture, and photometric properties of this model were based on measurements made by the Surveyor V spacecraft. The model was made by gluing sheets of styrofoam together and cutting coarse crater shapes to duplicate the topography seen by Surveyor V. Water putty mixed with styrofoam, sawdust, and volcanic cinders added detail to the surface and helped to create a realistic apperance. Powdered cinders and scale rocks from the San Francisco volcanic field were then placed on top. Microcratering was achieved by dropping objects from a height of 4' to 6' above the surface.
This model was used as a training aid for the Apollo astronauts and was featured in CBS broadcasts of the Apollo 11 landing. It was acquired by the Smithsonian Institution in 1971 and has been on display at the Michigan Space Center since its opening in 1976.
Acquired from U.S. Geological Survey, Center for Astrogeology