Figure 123

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An enlargement of approximately 40X showing another manmade crater. This crater was excavated in the floor of the large near-side crater Alphonsus on March 24, 1965, by the Ranger 9 spacecraft. Prior to its crash, Ranger 9 had transmitted the highest resolution imagery obtained to that date from any spacecraft. Both Ranger vehicles impacted on mare surfaces while traveling at the same velocity along trajectories with the same inclination. It is, therefore, not surprising that the Ranger 7 and 9 craters have, within half a meter, the same diameter. -H.J.M.

Report Source: NASA SP-362, Page 127, Figure 123

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