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Mission

Kind: Lunar impactor

State: Successful

Place: Moon

Operator: NASA

Instruments: 1) Vidicon Television Cameras,

Date

Start:

Duration: 2 days, 16 hours, 31 minutes

Mission Ending

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

Rocket

Rocket: Atlas LV-3 Agena-B 204D/AA14

Kind: NASA

Manufacturer: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Mass: 367 kg (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 9 was a Lunar probe, launched in 1965 by NASA. It was designed to achieve a lunar impact trajectory and to transmit high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface during the final minutes of flight up to impact. The spacecraft carried six television vidicon cameras—two wide-angle (channel F, cameras A and B) and four narrow-angle (channel P)—to accomplish these objectives. The cameras were arranged in two separate chains, or channels, each self-contained with separate power supplies, timers, and transmitters so as to afford the greatest reliability and probability of obtaining high-quality television pictures. These images were broadcast live on television to millions of viewers across the United States. No other experiments were carried on the spacecraft.

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