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Mission

Kind: Lunar impactor

State: Partial failure

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA

Instruments: 1) Television camera, 2) Gamma ray spectrometer, 3) Radar altimeter, 4) Seismometer,

Date

Start:

Duration: 64 hours[citation needed]

Mission Ending

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending." - Jim Henson

Rocket

Rocket: Atlas LV-3 Agena-B 215D/AA7

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mass: 342.5 kilograms (755 lb)

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral LC-12

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

Reference System: Heliocentric

Lander

"The journey, not the arrival, matters; the voyage, not the landing." - Paul Theroux



Ranger 5 was a spacecraft of the Ranger program designed to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to Earth stations during a period of 10 minutes of flight prior to impacting on the Moon, to rough-land a seismometer capsule on the Moon, to collect gamma-ray data in flight, to study radar reflectivity of the lunar surface, and to continue testing of the Ranger program for development of lunar and interplanetary spacecraft. Due to an unknown malfunction, the spacecraft ran out of power and ceased operation. It passed within 725 km of the Moon.

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