Earth's Moon - Ranger 8

Four images of Davy crater chain and Ptolemaeus crater from 1300 km

Earth's Moon
These four images were the first taken by the Ranger 8 P-series cameras. The images are ordered (clockwise from upper left) P3, P4, P2, P1. The P3 and P4 cameras had 6.3 degree fields of view (~135 km across) and show 164 diameter Ptolemaeus crater to the right and the Davy crater chain, a white line running SWW to NEE at left middle in P3 and lower left in P4. The P1 and P2 cameras had 2.1 degree fields of view (45 km across). P1 shows a close-up of the crater Davy Y at the upper right. Image P2 shows the area just east of P1. North is up for all images (Ranger 8, P001)
Larger image: 431K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-02-20 T 09:46:17
Distance/Range (km): 1289
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -10., 005. W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: Crater, crater chain
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): 58.3
Phase Angle (deg): 39.1
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 19.3

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 8 P001
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