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Ranger 02
Ranger 2 Mission to Our Solar System Ranger 2 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Like Ranger 1, Ranger 2 was intended to test new technologies that would take humankind to the Moon and other planets. It was also designed to study particles and fields as it traveled through space in a highly elliptical Earth orbit.

Accomplishments: Like its predecessor, Ranger 2 ended up stuck in low-Earth orbit due to a malfunction in its booster rocket. It burned up in Earth's atmosphere a day later.


Key Dates
18 Nov 1961:  Launch (08:12 UT)
Status: Unsuccessful
Fast Facts
Ranger 02 Facts Although Ranger 1 and 2 were key parts of America's lunar exploration efforts, there were no plans to send them to the Moon.

Plans instead called for the first two Rangers to be placed in highly elliptical Earth orbits that would carry them into deep space beyond the Moon.

Neither Ranger 1 nor Ranger 2 were successful.
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