Descent Images from Lunar Ranger 9 Mission
Ranger 9 was launched March 21, 1965 and reached the Moon on March 24, 1965.
It impacted the Moon in the crater Alphonsus, located at 12.8°S,
357.6°E. Ranger 9 was the last of the Ranger series. Rangers 7, 8,
and 9 were successful missions. The pictures shown here document Ranger 9's
descent toward Alphonsus Crater--the image at upper left shows Alphonsus
Crater, the image at lower right shows the last image received before
impact. The white circle indicates the impact site.
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of the Ranger 9 descent images.
Picture Credit: NASA/JPL/Caltech
©1999 Malin Space Science Systems, Inc.