Ranger 1 Satellite 1/24 Scale Model

The goal of the first two Ranger missions was to place Ranger 1 and its twin Ranger 2 in elliptical orbits around the Earth. Both spacecraft reentered the atmosphere instead of reaching their intended orbits.

Rangers 3, 4, and 5 each carried a television camera to return images of the Moon right up to the point of impact. They also carried a seismometer that was designed to operate after impact. Of the three, only Ranger 4 landed on the Moon, and none of the three probes returned data.

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NASA planned to place the Ranger 1 satellite into an elliptical orbit around Earth, but it never reaching its intended orbit.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Creator: Eric Long
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NASA planned to place the Ranger 1 satellite into an elliptical orbit around Earth, but it never reaching its intended orbit.