Goals: Ranger 8 was designed to take a series of high-quality photos before crashing into the lunar surface.

Accomplishments: Ranger 8 snapped 7,137 high-resolution photographs in the 23 minutes before it crashed into the Moon in the Sea of Tranquility. Impact coordinates were 2 degrees 43' north latitude and 24 degrees 38' east longitude, just 24 kilometers from its intended target. Ranger images helped scientists determine if there were safe landing sites on the Moon for Apollo astronauts.

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