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Is the telemetry for the Surveyor moon missions still existent?

Between 1966 and 1968 NASA put on the surface of the Moon five Surveyor landers. Is the telemetry for these mission still available somewhere in archives? I do not refer only to pictures but also to all data the probes transmitted back to the Earth.

enter image description here Surveyor 3 [NASA]

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NASA publishes the scientific data from each mission at the NASA Space Science Data Coordinated Archive.

The Surveyor start page is here.

Parts of the NSSDCA are offline today, so I can't see the data collections themselves, but it looks like most of the data is there.

The nonscientific data (telemetry related to spacecraft operations) may not have been published. The only missions I recall the telemetry being published for is the Apollo missions. Even if it hasn't been published, it's probably still in a NASA archive, it'd just take a bit more trouble to track it down and request access.

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  • $\begingroup$ Here is the problem. I have searched for the Apollo missions telemetry and found this article: "Moon landing tapes got erased, NASA admits | Reuters" (July 20, 2009). $\endgroup$ – Robert Werner Nov 3 '18 at 17:28
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    $\begingroup$ You weren't asking for Apollo telemetry, you wanted to know about Surveyor. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Nov 3 '18 at 17:45
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    $\begingroup$ ugh, all those Surveyor pages end in 404 not found errors. NASA, you are not helping. $\endgroup$ – Organic Marble Nov 3 '18 at 20:51
  • $\begingroup$ "Aside from a few canisters of Apollo 9 telemetry tapes still stored at the WNRC, the Apollo-era telemetry tapes no longer exist-anywhere." (Source: hq.nasa.gov/alsj/a11/Apollo_11_TV_Tapes_Report.pdf). I hope that the telemetry for the Surveyor missions did not have the same fate. $\endgroup$ – Robert Werner Nov 4 '18 at 3:22
  • $\begingroup$ That is only about the Apollo 11 telemetry tapes. $\endgroup$ – Hobbes Nov 4 '18 at 9:35

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