Earth's Moon - Ranger 7

Floor of Mare Nubium 2 1/2 seconds before impact

Earth's Moon
Final image taken by Ranger 7 camera A before impact at 10.59 S, 20.68 W. This image was taken from a distance of 6.5 km only 2.5 seconds before impact. The frame is about 2.7 km across and north is up. The impact point is just above and right of the central reticle. At this high resolution (about 5 meters) the flat floor of Mare Nubium was shown to be peppered with small impact craters. (Ranger 7, A199)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1964-07-31 T 13:25:46
Distance/Range (km): 6.46
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -10.60, 020.69 W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, mare
Instrument: Vidicon Camera A
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 1150 x 1150
Instrument Field of View (deg): 25
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 25.0

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 7 A199
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 64-041A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID:

Updated 23 April 2003, DRW.