Sun Shield, Ranger VIII

Sun Shield, Ranger VIII

     

These parts of the sun shield are part of a mock-up of Ranger VIII. Ranger VIII was a spacecraft that was designed as a hard lander on the Moon. During its final minutes up of flight before impact, Ranger VIII transmitted high-resolution photography of the lunar surface. The spacecraft carried six television video cameras, two full-scan cameras, and four partial scan cameras. Ranger VIII was launched on February 17, 1965, and reached the Moon on February 20, 1965. During its final 23 minutes of flight, Ranger VIII transmitted over 7,000 good quality photographs.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory transferred this object to the Smithsonian Institution in 1973.

Gift of William A. Saley

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Aluminum, Synthetic Fabric, Steel, Cadmium Plating, Magnesium, Phenolic Resin
Dimensions
Approximate: 15.24 x 92.71 x 60.96cm (6in. x 3ft 1/2in. x 2ft) (as photographed)
Storage: 27.94 x 27.94 x 53.34cm (11in. x 11in. x 1ft 9in.)

These parts of the sun shield are part of a mock-up of Ranger VIII. Ranger VIII was a spacecraft that was designed as a hard lander on the Moon. During its final minutes up of flight before impact, Ranger VIII transmitted high-resolution photography of the lunar surface. The spacecraft carried six television video cameras, two full-scan cameras, and four partial scan cameras. Ranger VIII was launched on February 17, 1965, and reached the Moon on February 20, 1965. During its final 23 minutes of flight, Ranger VIII transmitted over 7,000 good quality photographs.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory transferred this object to the Smithsonian Institution in 1973.

Gift of William A. Saley

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Type
SPACECRAFT-Unmanned-Parts & Structural Components

Materials
Aluminum, Synthetic Fabric, Steel, Cadmium Plating, Magnesium, Phenolic Resin
Dimensions
Approximate: 15.24 x 92.71 x 60.96cm (6in. x 3ft 1/2in. x 2ft) (as photographed)
Storage: 27.94 x 27.94 x 53.34cm (11in. x 11in. x 1ft 9in.)

ID: A19730749013