The Ranger Spacecraft

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The Ranger fleet of spacecraft launched in the mid-sixties provided the first live television transmissions of the Moon from up close. These transmissions resolved surface features as small as 10 inches across and provided over 17,000 images of the lunar surface. These detailed photographs allowed scientists and engineers to study the Moon in greater detail than ever before thus allowing for the design of a spacecraft that would one day land men of Earth on its surface.

Image Number: p2888a
Date: January 30, 1964


Owner: NASA on The Commons
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