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ROSALIND FRANKLIN (ROVER)

Target: Mars  
State: Planned

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Mission

Kind: Lunar impactor

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA

Instruments: 1) Vidicon Television Cameras,

Date

Start:

Duration: 65 hours

Mission Ending

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

Rocket

Rocket: Atlas LV-3 Agena-B 196D/AA13

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mass: 367 kilograms (809 lb)

Launch Site: Cape Canaveral LC-12

Flyby

"Requesting permission for flyby." Maverick - Top Gun

Orbit

"You’re going very fast when you’re on orbit, going around the world once every hour and a half." - Robert Crippen

Lander

Place: Lunar



Ranger 8 was a lunar probe in the Ranger program, a robotic spacecraft series launched by NASA in the early-to-mid-1960s to obtain the first close-up images of the Moon's surface. These pictures helped select landing sites for Apollo missions and were used for scientific study. During its 1965 mission, Ranger 8 transmitted 7,137 lunar surface photographs before it crashed into the Moon as planned. This was the second successful mission in the Ranger series, following Ranger 7. Ranger 8's design and purpose were very similar to those of Ranger 7. It had six television vidicon cameras: two full-scan and four partial-scan. Its sole purpose was to document the Moon's surface.

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