Earth's Moon - Ranger 9

Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, and Albategnius craters on the Moon

Earth's Moon
Ranger 9 B-camera image from 2500 km showing Ptolemaeus, Alphonsus, and Albategnius craters. Ptolemaeus is the large (164 diameter) flat-floored crater at the top. Alphonsus, diameter 108 km, is at lower left and the 114 km Albategnius crater is at lower right. The terminator runs through the lower corner. Ranger 9 impacted in Alphonsus crater 18.5 minutes after this image was taken. North is at 12:30 (Ranger 9, B001)
Larger image: 499K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-03-24 T 13:49:43
Distance/Range (km): 2521.74
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -09.52, 000.26 E
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, central peak
Instrument: Vidicon Camera B
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 1150 x 1150
Instrument Field of View (deg): 8.4
Filter: None
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): 82.1
Phase Angle (deg): 49.6
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 32.4

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 9 B001
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: Dr. David R. Williams,

Last updated: 24 September 2015