Earth's Moon - Ranger 7

Second image of the Moon's surface taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

Earth's Moon
Second image of the Moon taken by the Ranger 7 spacecraft on 31 July 1964. Ranger 7 was the first U.S. spacecraft to successfully transmit images of the lunar surface back to Earth. This image was taken 17.2 minutes before impact from a distance of 2158 km. North is at 12:30. Mare Nubium is at lower right and Mare Humorum at lower left. The image is centered at 13 S, 330 E and is about 950 km across. The Ranger 7 impact site, at 10.7 S, 339.3 E, is at the center of the upper right quadrant, in Mare Cognitum. Landsberg crater is against the top of the frame at center, and the 60 km diameter Bullialdus crater is just below and right of center, partly obscured by a hash mark. (Ranger 7, A001)
Larger image: 465K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1964-07-31 T 13:08
Distance/Range (km): 2158.22
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -13.2,330.04
Orbit(s): N/A

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

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 7 A001
Other Image ID number: Ranger 7 AB002
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 64-041A-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