Goals: This was America's fourth attempt to photograph the Moon before crashing into the lunar surface. The spacecraft was also a testbed for new technologies such as deployable solar panels that would benefit future missions.

Accomplishments: Ranger 6 made it to the Moon and impacted as planned, but no pictures were returned due to a short in the power supply for the TV camera package. Impact coordinates were 9 degrees, 24' north latitude and 21 degrees, 30' east longitude on the eastern edge of the Sea of Tranquility.

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