Earth's Moon - Ranger 9

Floor of Alphonsus crater from 15 km

Earth's Moon
Final full frame taken by the Ranger 9 B-camera before impact. The image was taken from 15.4 km about 5.5 seconds before impact. The image, taken on 20 February 1965, shows the floor of Alphonsus crater and is centered at 12.8 S, 2.3 W. The frame is about 2.5 km across and north is at 12:30. Ranger 9 was the last of the Ranger series of impact missions to the Moon. (Ranger 9, B087)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-02-20 T 14:08:14
Distance/Range (km): 15.39
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -12.82, 002.32 W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater
Instrument: Vidicon Camera B
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 1150 x 1150
Instrument Field of View (deg): 8.4
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 79.7
Phase Angle (deg): 50.0
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 29.7

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 9 B087
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

Updated 23 April 2003, DRW.