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Ranger 07
Ranger 7 Mission to Earth's Moon

Goals: Ranger 7 was designed to take high-resolution photographs before crashing into the Moon.

Accomplishments: Many describe the success of Ranger 7 as the turning point in the American space program. The spacecraft turned on its cameras and began sending back images 17 minutes prior to impact. The spacecraft took 4,316 stunning images before crashing into the lunar surface at 10°38' south latitude and 20°36' west longitude on the northern rim of the Sea of Clouds.

Key Dates
28 Jul 1964:  Launch (16:50:07 UT)
31 Jul 1964:  Lunar Impact (13:25:49 UT)
Status: Successful
Fast Facts
Ranger 07 Facts Photos taken by Ranger 7 (right) were a 1,000 times better than photos taken from Earth.

Ranger 7 was the first unequivocal U.S. success after 13 consecutive failures.

The ratio in favor of success increased dramatically for U.S. spacecraft after this mission.
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