[FPSPACE] Launch of Ranger 8 lunar mission 50 years ago today

Andrew LePage drew at drewexmachina.com
Tue Feb 17 10:06:07 EST 2015

With the successes in the American and Chinese lunar exploration 
programs in recent years, it is easy to forget that the majority of the 
early lunar mission attempts were frustrating failures. Today's post on 
Drew Ex Machina tells the story of NASA's Ranger 8 lunar impact mission 
that was launched 50 years ago today. In addition to providing much 
needed images of future Apollo landing sites, it was the first time the 
US had managed to launch two successful lunar missions in a row 
following five years of failures.



Andrew J. LePage
Physicist & Writer


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