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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

A Closer Closer Look

Today's History Lesson...

The Race in Space...the Beginning occurred with the establishment of NASA on July 29, 1958. The first NASA 10-year plan was presented to Congress in February 1960. It called for an expanding program on a broad front: manned flight, scientific satellites, lunar probes, and to photograph the Moon... . Of course, that is not all but a good stopping point since the latter is the topic of today's history lesson.

This Day in History: July 31, 1964

A Harvest Moon
When the moon is in view, especially during full moon phase, one can 'see' craters on its surface. Imagination soars as the 'man in the moon' image appears...none more eye-catching than during harvest moon. Uneven surfaces reveal shadowy displays of eyes, nose and a mouth. What we are envisioning is being transmitted an average distance from Moon to Earth of 384,403 km (238,857 mi).

Let's take a closer look...

Ranger 7
A closer look indeed can be taken through a telescope. But what about a closer closer look, 1,000 times as clear as anything ever seen through earth-bound telescopes? On July 31, 1964, the first US space probe, Ranger 7, successfully transmits close images of the lunar surface back to Earth.

"Ranger 7 reached the Moon on 31 July. The F-channel began its one minute warm up 18 minutes before impact. The first image was taken at 13:08:45 UT at an altitude of 2110 km. Transmission of 4,308 photographs of excellent quality occurred over the final 17 minutes of flight. The final image taken before impact has a resolution of 0.5 meters." [Source: en.wikipedia.org

 First image of the Moon taken by a US spacecraft.
The large crater at center right is Alphonsus.
  Last picture by Ranger 7, taken about 488 m above the Moon,
reveals features as small as 38 cm across.
The noise pattern at right results from
spacecraft impact while transmitting.

Now, where IS that 'man in the moon'?