Earth's Moon - Ranger 8

Sea of Tranquillity on the Moon from 11 km, 5 seconds before impact

Earth's Moon
Ranger 8 camera B image of the Moon about 5 seconds before impact. Ranger 8 impact took place on 20 February 1965 at 9:57:37 UT. This picture was taken from a distance of 11 km. The area is in the Sea of Tranquillity about 2 degrees north of the Apollo 11 landing site. The frame is about 2 km across and north is up. Features as small as 4 meters across can be seen. (Ranger 8, B090)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-02-20 T 09:57:32
Distance/Range (km): 10.98
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +02.68, 024.57 E
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater
Instrument: Vidicon Camera A
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 1150 x 1150
Instrument Field of View (deg): 8.4
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 75.1
Phase Angle (deg): 34
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 41.7

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 8 B090
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 65-010A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015