• Short Summary

    RUBBLE IS BELIEVED "SPLASHED" ONTO THE SURFACE BY THE CREATION OF CRATERS, EITHER THROUGH METEOR IMPACT OR VOLCANIC ACTION.

  • Description

    RUBBLE IS BELIEVED "SPLASHED" ONTO THE SURFACE BY THE CREATION OF CRATERS, EITHER THROUGH METEOR IMPACT OR VOLCANIC ACTION.

    EXPERTS DISAGREE ON THE THICKNESS OF THE RUBBLE, WITH ESTIMATES RANGING FROM A NEW INCHES TO MORE THAN 100 FEET. MOST DO BELIEVE, HOWEVER, THAT IT IS SUFFICIENTLY PACKED TO SUPPORT THE U.S. APOLLO MANNED LUNAR LANDING CRAFT SCHEDULED TO MAKE THE VOYAGE IN 1969.

    RANGER 8 IS NOT INTENDED TO DETERMINE HOW THICK OR HOW HARD THE RUBBLE IS. BUT ITS PICTURES WOULD HELP PAVE THE WAY FOR PROJECT SURVEYOR.

    THE FIRST OF SEVEN SURVEYOR CRAFT IS SCHEDULED TO SET DOWN GENTLY ON THE LUNAR SURFACE LATE THIS YEAR TO DIG UP AND ANALYZE SOILED SAMPLES, MAKE CLOSE-IN PHOTOGRAPHS AND HELP SELECT ASTRONAUT LANDING SITES.

    RANGER 8 BLASTED AWAY FROM CAPE KENNEDY AT 12:05 P.M. EST ATOP AN ATLAS-AGENA ROCKET. THE AGENA SECOND STAGE SETTLED INTO A PARKING ORBIT 115 MILES ABOVE THE EARTH, COASTING SILENTLY FOR 12 MINUTES ON THIS PATH UNTIL IT REACHED A DESIRED SPOT ABOVE THE SOUTH ATLANTIC OCEAN. THEN IT REFIRED ITS ENGINE TO KICK THE GOLD-PLATED SPACECRAFT ON ITS WAY.

    AN HOUR AFTER RANGER 8 WAS AIRBORNE, TWO PANELS FOLDED DOWN LIKE BUTTERFLY WINGS FROM THE SIDE OF THE CRAFT TO A SPAN OF 15 FEET. EACH PANEL IS COVERED WITH 4,896 SPARKING SOLAR CELLS INTENDED TO DRAW POWER FROM THE SUN TO OPERATE THE PAYLOAD BATTERIES.

    THEN THE SPACECRAFT BEGAN A SUN ACQUISITION MANOEUVRE IN WHICH SMALL JETS WERE FIRED TO TWIST IT INTO A CRUISE POSITION IN WHICH THE LONGITUDINAL AXIS WAS POINTED AT THE SUN TO PROVIDE MAXIMUM SUNLIGHT FOR THE SOLAR PANELS.

    RANGER 8 IS THE NEXT-TO-LAST VEHICLE IN THE RANGER SERIES, WHICH MET WITH LITTLE LUCK UNTIL RANGER 7'S SUCCESS. THE FINAL SHOT IS SCHEDULED FROM CAPE KENNEDY IN MARCH. IT MAY BE FIRED INTO A MOUNTAINOUS REGION ON THE MOON TO OBTAIN PICTURES FOR COMPARISON WITH THOSE TAKEN IN THE PLAINS.

    THE LAUNCHING TODAY CLIMAXED A CAPE KENNEDY SPACE DOUBLE HEADER. A SATURN 1 ROCKET YESTERDAY LAUNCHED A GIANT "SPACE BIRD" SATELLITE NAMED PEGASUS INTO ORBIT TO STUDY METEOROIDS WHICH POSE A POSSIBLE THREAT TO MANNED SPACE VEHICLES. PEGASUS WAS REPORTED TO BE WORKING WELL TODAY.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADEDXEOGZMKYU6H9JK19F0HPI1
    Media URN:
    VLVADEDXEOGZMKYU6H9JK19F0HPI1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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