Earth's Moon - Ranger 7

Last Ranger 7 images taken before impact on the Moon

Earth's Moon
The final two images taken by Ranger 7 before its impact on the Moon's surface. These image were taken by the number 1 and 3 P-channel cameras at 0.39 and 0.19 s before impact from an altitude of 1070 and 519 meters, respectively. The pictures are cut off because the spacecraft impacted the surface before completing the transmission. The top image was taken by the P3 camera and the bottom image by P1. The P3 image is about 25 m across. North is at 12:30 for both images. The impact occurred on 31 July 1964 at 13:25:48.82 UT. (Ranger 7, CP1002)
Larger image:

High resolution tiff file (1.0 Mb)


Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1964-07-31 T 13:25:48
Distance/Range (km): 0.519
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -10.7, 339.3 E
Orbit(s): N/A

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: Crater
Instrument: Vidicon Camera P
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 300 x 300
Instrument Field of View (deg): 2.1 x 2.1; 6.3 x 6.3
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 68.
Phase Angle (deg): 38.
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 32.

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 7 P200
Other Image ID number: Ranger 7 CP1002, Impact Frame (enhanced)
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 64-041A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A

Updated 23 April 2003, DRW.