Earth's Moon - Ranger 9

P-camera images of Alphonsus crater from 25 km

Earth's Moon
Four images of the floor of Alphonsus crater taken by the Ranger 9 P-series cameras about 10 seconds before impact on 24 March 1965. The images are ordered by camera (clockwise from upper left) P3, P4, P2, P1. Image P3 was taken from a distance of 25.5 km and is about 2.9 km across. P4 was taken from 24.4 km and extends about 2.8 km. Image P1 is about 1.1 km across and was taken from 25.9 km. Image P2, taken from a distance of 24.7 km, is about 1 km across. (Ranger 9, P001)
Larger image: 455K

High resolution tiff file (1.0M)

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1965-03-24 T 14:08:10
Distance/Range (km): 25.89
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -12.58, 002.36 W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater
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): 79.6
Phase Angle (deg): 54.6
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 25.4

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: Ranger 9 P001
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