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Scanning electron microscope images of two pieces of Surveyor 3

Scanning electron microscope images of two pieces of Surveyor 3
Scanning electron microscope images of two pieces of Surveyor 3 Left: a part that was not exposed to the sandblasting of Apollo 12’s lunar module, showing the original form of the paint texture. Right: a part that was sandblasted by Apollo 12’s lunar module, showing paint texture that has been crushed and mixed with lunar dust, with a crack propagating across its surface. NASA

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