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 degrees 38' south latitude and 20 degrees 36' west longitude on the northern rim of the Sea of Clouds.

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