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First Ranger 7 P-camera images of the Moon

Target Name:  Moon
Spacecraft:  Ranger 7
Produced by:  NASA
Copyright: NASA Copyright Free Policy
Cross Reference:  Ranger 7 P001
Date Released: 31 July 1964

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First P-camera images taken by Ranger 7. The images are numbered by camera (clockwise from upper left) P3, P4, P2, P1. All images were taken from a distance of about 1870 km about 13.5 minutes before impact. Frame P3 shows Guericke crater (diameter 63 km) at the upper right. P4 also shows Guericke at right center. Image P1 is 41 km across and shows the floor of Mare Nubium north of Opelt crater. The bottom of frame P2 overlaps the upper right corner of P1. P2 is about 40 km across. North is at 12:30 in all four images.

Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1964-07-31 T 13:12:20
Distance/Range (km): 1863
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): -13.7, 019. W
Orbit(s): Impact - Hard Landing

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, mare
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): 69.4
Phase Angle (deg): 39.6
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): 34.5

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