Lunar Impact: The NASA History of Project Ranger

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America's first successful attempt at unmanned lunar exploration, Project Ranger culminated in close-up television images of the moon's surface. Sponsored by NASA and executed by the Jet Propulsion Lab, the project ran from 1959 to 1965 and produced management techniques, flight operating procedures, and technology employed by later space missions.
This official NASA publication presents the complete history of the nine Project Ranger missions. Author R. Cargill Hall, the ...
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Overview


America's first successful attempt at unmanned lunar exploration, Project Ranger culminated in close-up television images of the moon's surface. Sponsored by NASA and executed by the Jet Propulsion Lab, the project ran from 1959 to 1965 and produced management techniques, flight operating procedures, and technology employed by later space missions.
This official NASA publication presents the complete history of the nine Project Ranger missions. Author R. Cargill Hall, the historian of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, offers an authoritative account of the evolution and operations of the continuing program of unmanned exploration of deep space. More than 100 photographs depict key personnel and illustrate rockets and a range of other equipment. Nine helpful appendixes feature a fascinating array of source documents. 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486477572
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/17/2010
  • Series: Dover Books on Astronomy Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,212,556
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


The Original Ranger
    The Origins of Ranger
    Organizing the Campaign
    Space Science and the Ranger Machine
    Ranger's Lunar Objectives in Doubt
    Supporting the Flight Operations
    Test Flights and Disappointments
    A New National Goal
    The Question of Science and Ranger
    Lunar Exploration Begun
    Which Way Ranger?
    In the Cold Light of Dawn
The New Ranger
    Homestretch Engineering
    Space Science: A New Era and Hard Times
    More Missions for Science?
    Six to the Moon
    The Worst of Times
    Ranger 7: A Crashing Success
    Kudos and Questions
    The Ranger Legacy
Sources
Appendixes
Illustrations
 
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