Ranger 9

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Mission Summary

Ranger 9 was the last of the Ranger series of spacecraft launched in the 1960s to explore the moon and was designed to image and impact the moon's crater Alphonsus, which was thought to be the site of recent lunar volcanic activity.

Unlike its predecessors, Ranger 9 pointed its cameras directly in its direction of travel, yielding stunning photographs of the lunar surface. Data from the mission dramatically improved scientists' understanding of the moon's mass and lead to the discovery that the moon's center of mass is displaced from its geometric center.

Scientific Instrument(s)

- Imaging system


Type: Lander/Rover
 
Status: Past
 
Launch Date: March 21, 1965
(21:37 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
 
Landing Date: March 24, 1965
14:08 UTC
 
Mission End Date: March 24, 1965
 
Target: Moon
 
Destination: Crater Alphonsus, Moon
 
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