Earth's Moon - Ranger 9

Alphonsus crater on the Moon from 440 km

Earth's Moon
Ranger 9 image of Alphonsus crater (diameter 108 km) from a distance of 442 km, taken about 3 minutes before impact in the upper right portion of the crater. At left is the northeastern edge of Mare Nubium. The crater adjacent to Alphonsus at the bottom is the 39 km diameter Alpetragius. Davy crater is at upper left. North is at 12:30. Ranger 9 impacted the Moon on 24 March 1965 at 14:08:20 UT. (Ranger 9, A035)
Larger image: 578K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-03-24 T 14:05:18
Distance/Range (km): 442.26
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -13.443, 004.79 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): 77.3
Phase Angle (deg): 62.5
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 16.4

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 9 A035
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 65-023A-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