- Press Release
- Nov 27, 2022
LOIRP Releases Lunar Orbiter Ranger 8 Impact Crater Image
The Lunar Orbiter II-070-H image (Frame 70, High resolution) has a unique feature that is relevant to the LCROSS mission. This image shows the impact site of the Ranger 8 mission. This location was identified decades ago and is discussed in the NASA SP-168.
This location was also photographed during the Apollo 16 mission (NASA SP-315 page 29-46) but at a lower resolution of 3-5 meters. The image was taken from an altitude of 45.81 km. The resolution is about 0.4 meters per pixel.
The crater from the Ranger impact is not well defined in the existing film database, especially as it appears at the boundary between two framelets.