Earth's Moon - Ranger 9

First Ranger 9 image, showing Mare Nubium and Alphonsus crater

Earth's Moon
The first Ranger 9 image of the Moon, taken with the A camera from a distance of 2378 km. The image is centered on the Mare Nubium region of the Moon, which extends to the bottom of the image. At upper left is southeastern Oceanus Procellarum. The two craters with the central peaks at right are Alphonsus, diameter 108 km, and below it Arzachel, diameter 96 km. The crater near the center at about 8:00 is 60 km Bullialdus. The frame is approximately 1050 km across and north is at 12:30. The final impact point of Ranger 9 is in the Alphonsus crater, midway between the central peak and rim at about 1:30. (Ranger 9, A001)
Larger image: 559K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-03-24 T 13:49:41
Distance/Range (km): 2377.62
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -15.37, 018.68 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): 63.8
Phase Angle (deg): 62.1
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 9.8

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 9 A001
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