Trivia

Hard

Which Space Probe First Successfully Transmitted Photos Of The Lunar Surface?

Lunar 16
Mariner 10
Ranger 7
Giotto
A photo of what the Ranger fleet of spacecraft looked like.
NASA/Wikimedia

Answer: Ranger 7

These days, with advanced technology like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we take high-resolution photographs and breathtaking videos of the Moon for granted. A little over half a century ago, however, we still hadn’t managed to get an intimate and up-close photograph of the Moon. But all of that changed in the mid 1960s.

In July of 1964, NASA launched Ranger 7 aboard an Atlas LV-3 Agena-B rocket. Ranger 7 was a lunar probe with a singular mission, and for three days it went rocketing through space towards the Moon, waiting to spring into action. As Ranger 7 neared the Moon on July 31, 1964, the six television vidicon cameras (two wide-angle and four narrow-angle) on board set to work capturing and transmitting images back to Earth, relaying images up until the moment of impact. You can view some of those photos here.

Ranger 7 was followed by Ranger 8 and Ranger 9. The total cache of images from the three successful probe missions provided over 17,000 photographs with a resolution and clarity previously unseen.

Trivia

Hard

Pneumoencephalography Is A Medical Procedure Where Your Spinal Fluid Is Replaced With?

Trivia

Hard

Which University Is The Only One With An Alumni Chapter On The Moon?

Trivia

Hard

Which Alien Makes A Subtle Cross-Movie Cameo Appearance In Star Wars: The Phantom Menance?

Trivia

Very Hard

In The Lord Of The Rings, Who Bore The One Ring For The Longest Period Of Time?

Trivia

Hard

Aztec Kings Wore Cloaks Made From What Unusual Material?

Trivia

Easy

The Men-Yoroi Was A Distinctive Piece Of Armor Worn Where?

Trivia

Hard

What Was The First TV Show To Use Computer Generated Models?

Trivia

Easy

What Is It Illegal For The U.S. Treasury To Print On Currency?

Trivia

Hard

Mazda Was Forced To Recall Over 100,000 Cars Thanks To Issues With Infestation By?