First Person to Dig on the Moon

Many children dream of being a backhoe operator when they grow up, but Professor Scott achieved the ultimate: he was the first person to dig on the moon. Here he poses with Surveyor 3 and its soil scoop shortly before its 1967 launch.

Many children dream of being a backhoe operator when they grow up, but Professor Scott achieved the ultimate: he was the first person to dig on the moon. Here he poses with Surveyor 3 and its soil scoop shortly before its 1967 launch.

Among the souvenirs collected by astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean on their trip to the moon aboard Apollo 12 Lunar Excursion Module was the metal scoop that Ronald Scott, Caltech Professor of Civil Engineering, had used to verify that a moon landing could be made in the first place. [Caltech Release]

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