First pictures transmitted by the U.S. Lunar Orbiter satellite were received from the moon at?
First pictures transmitted by the U.S. Lunar Orbiter satellite were received from the moon at the Goldstone tracking station at Goldstone, California, Thursday, August 18. The radio signals from the spacecraft were relayed to the auditorium of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and converted into television pictures. The first transmissions were disappointing.
The pictures were recorded on film by the satellite and then relayed later to the earth. Scientists said that the problem appeared to be in the "scan converter" device, an electronic system which displays the pictures. They said photographic prints made elsewhere were of extremely good quality. However, on subsequent transmissions, the spacecraft camera system apparently was malfunctioning.
The first pictures showed craters on the moon and an area of the lunar surface about 3100 feet by 4100 feet in size.
Dr. Charles Rowan commenting after the first transmission, said the pictures recorded Thursday would be of fine quality as soon as scientists were able to refine them electronically.