Ranger 8
Feb 20, 1965

 

Image of Moon taken from Ranger 8
Image of the Earth's Moon

 

Ranger 8 successfully crash-lands in Mare Tranquillitatis, taking more than 7,300 images of the lunar surface. The landing target becomes the spot where the Apollo 11 astronauts will land 4-1/2 years later.

See also: NASA History