Earth's Moon - Ranger 7

First Ranger 7 P-camera images of the Moon

Earth's Moon
First P-camera images taken by Ranger 7. The images are numbered by camera (clockwise from upper left) P3, P4, P2, P1. All images were taken from a distance of about 1870 km about 13.5 minutes before impact. Frame P3 shows Guericke crater (diameter 63 km) at the upper right. P4 also shows Guericke at right center. Image P1 is 41 km across and shows the floor of Mare Nubium north of Opelt crater. The bottom of frame P2 overlaps the upper right corner of P1. P2 is about 40 km across. North is at 12:30 in all four images. (Ranger 7, P001)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1964-07-31 T 13:12:20
Distance/Range (km): 1863
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -13.7, 019. W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, mare
Instrument: Vidicon Camera P
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 300 x 300
Instrument Field of View (deg): 2.1 (P1, P2) 6.3 (P3, P4)
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 69.4
Phase Angle (deg): 39.6
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 34.5

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 7 P001
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 64-041A-01A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID:


[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