This Day In History, July 31st, 2020 – “Not Made Of Cheese, Sadly”


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(NASA’s Space Probe Ranger 7. Image courtesy of Wikicommons, Public Domain.)

It was just 56 years ago today, July 31, 1964, when NASA’s Ranger 7, a space probe, sent back the first high definition photos of the lunar surface. Launched on the 28th, the idea was to actually crash the space probe into the Moon, not to destroy it, of course, but at the time, we didn’t have the ability to retrieve any spacecraft.

More than 4,300 photos were taken, before the craft impact the moon, in just a quick span of a little more than 17 minutes. These images contributed to our understanding of the Moon, and helped the future Moon landings. Sadly, these images also proved that the Moon is not made out of cheese. Can these images still help us as we get prepared to go back to the Moon?


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