• Short Summary

    WHEN AMERICA'S RANGER III SPACECRAFT, POWERED BY A HUGE ATLAS-AGENA ROCKET, WAS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED FROM CAPE CANAVERAL AT 8.30 P.

  • Description

    WHEN AMERICA'S RANGER III SPACECRAFT, POWERED BY A HUGE ATLAS-AGENA ROCKET, WAS SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED FROM CAPE CANAVERAL AT 8.30 P.M. JANUARY 26, HOPES WERE HIGH THAT IT WOULD REACH THE MOON IN 66 HOURS AND THEN SEND CLOSE-RANGE TELEVISION PICTURES BACK TO EARTH. BUT LATE THAT DAY THE NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED THAT THE ROCKET WOULD MISS THE MOON BY BETWEEN 20,000-30,000 MILES.

    ACCORDING TO THEIR REPORT THE CARRYING VEHICLE USED IN THE EXPERIMENT BOOSTED THE SPACECRAFT TO AN "EXCESSIVE VELOCITY". AS CONSEQUENCE THE SPACECRAFT WILL REQUIRE 50-55 HOURS TO ARRIVE AT AN INTERSECTION WITH THE MOON'S ORBIT.

    RANGER III SET OFF ON ITS 240,000-MILE FLIGHT AT A SPEED OF 24,500 MILES PER HOUR. FIVE THOUSAND MILES FROM THE MOON'S SURFACE AN EARTH SIGNAL WAS TO HAVE TURNED THE SPACECRAFT OVER SO THAT ITS SOLAR BATTERIES WOULD POINT TOWARDS THE SUN AND ITS RADIO ANTENNA TOWARDS THE EARTH SO THAT PICTURES COULD BE TRANSMITTED.

    AT 52,000 FEET ABOVE THE- SURFACE A SEISMOMETER WITH ATTACHED RADIO WAS TO HAVE BEEN DROPPED ON THE MOON. THIS IS DESIGNED TO SEND BACK REPORTS ON MOONQUAKES OR METEORITE IMPACTS FOR 30 DAYS.

    IF THE COMPLEX OPERATION HAD SUCCEEDED THE WORLD WOULD HAVE RECEIVED, BESIDES CLOSE-UP PICTURES OF THE MOON, MORE ACCURATE READINGS ON TEMPERATURE VARIATIONS BETWEEN THE LUNAR DAYS AND NIGHTS, AND NEW DATA WHICH COULD END AN ANCIENT CONTROVERSY OVER THE MOON'S COMPOSITION. THEY WOULD ALSO HAVE LEARNED SOMETHING OF WHAT THERE IS DEEP INSIDE THE MOON.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA15XG3MMPFER6N1RB0V1DVMQ07
    Media URN:
    VLVA15XG3MMPFER6N1RB0V1DVMQ07
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/01/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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