• Short Summary

    THE UNITED STATES IS MAKING A SECOND ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH A SATELLITE THAT WILL PHOTOGRAPH BY THE SURFACE OF THE MOON AND TRANSMIT THE PHOTOS BACK TO EARTH BY TELEVISION.

  • Description

    THE UNITED STATES IS MAKING A SECOND ATTEMPT TO LAUNCH A SATELLITE THAT WILL PHOTOGRAPH BY THE SURFACE OF THE MOON AND TRANSMIT THE PHOTOS BACK TO EARTH BY TELEVISION. IT'S HOPED TO FIRE THE PHOTO SATELLITE TOMORROW (27 JULY) - THE FIRST OF SIX DAYS DURING WHICH THE MOON WILL BE IN ITS THIRD QUARTER, PRODUCING THE MOST DESIRABLE LIGHTING CONDITIONS FOR PHOTOS.

    THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE OF THE LAUNCH WILL BE TO OBTAIN PHOTOS WHICH WILL IDENTIFY FEATURES A TENTH AS LARGE AS THOSE VISIBLE WITH THE BEST EARTH-BASED PHOTOGRAPHY.

    IF ALL GOES WELL, TELEVISION CAMERAS ABOARD THE SPACECRAFT, CALLED RANGER-B, WILL PHOTOGRAPH THE LUNAR SURFACE DURING THE FINAL MINUTES OF FLIGHT BEFORE THE CRAFT HITS THE MOON.

    THE TV SIGNALS WILL BE TRANSMITTED TO EARTH TRACKINGS STATIONS AND RECORDED ON TAPE AND FILM. THE DATA WILL BE USED IN PLANNING BOTH UNMANNED AND MANNED MISSIONS TO THE MOON.

    AN INITIAL ATTEMPT TO CARRY OUT THE EXPERIMENT LAST FEBRUARY FAILED. THE SPACECRAFT HIT THE MOON, BUT ITS TELEVISION CAMERAS DID NOT GO TO FULL POWER AND NO PICTURES WERE RETURNED TO EARTH.

    FLIGHT TIME TO THE MOON WILL BE ABOUT 68 HOURS. IF THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE TRANSMITTED SUCCESSFULLY, OFFICIALS SAID THEY WOULD BE RELEASED FOR PUBLICATION WITHIN 24 TO 48 HOURS AFTER IMPACT.

    THE 806-POUND RANGER-B WILL CARRY SIX TV CAMERAS,WHICH COULD IN 10 TO 15 MINUTES OF OPERATION BEFORE IMPACT PROVIDE SEVERAL THOUSAND PICTURES.

    THE LAUNCH VEHICLE WILL BE AN ATLAS-AGENA ROCKET.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5VG1SQ2D48DPT7Y33PVTHIH3K
    Media URN:
    VLVA5VG1SQ2D48DPT7Y33PVTHIH3K
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/07/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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