Earth's Moon - Ranger 9

Central peak of Alphonsus crater on the Moon

Earth's Moon
Ranger 9 image taken 54 seconds before impact. The upraised area at lower center is the central peak of Alphonsus crater floor. This image was taken from a distance of 136 km. The impact point of Ranger 9 is to the right of the central reticle, about 60% of the way from the central reticle to the edge of the frame. The image is 60 km across and north is at 12:30. (Ranger 9, A060)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-03-24 T 14:07:26
Distance/Range (km): 135.96
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -13.04, 003.06 W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, central peak
Instrument: Vidicon Camera A
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 1150 x 1150
Instrument Field of View (deg): 25.
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 79.0
Phase Angle (deg): 62.5
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 17.7

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 9 A060
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 65-023A-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