Today in History
July 31, 1964
At 6:08 Pacific Daylight Time, an unmanned U.S. space probe, Ranger 7, beams the first close-up photograph of the moon's surface back to Earth. For the next 17 minutes Ranger 7 will take more than 4,000 photographs before crashing, as planned, into the moon. Over 1964-65, Rangers 7, 8 and 9 transmit more than 17,000 high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface—including some as close as 1,000 feet, providing valuable information for the planning of the Apollo program.
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