Lunar Bridgehead: The Ranger 7 Story

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In the early days of lunar exploration, no one knew what the surface of the Moon was really like. Fifty years ago on July 31, 1964, NASA obtained the first close-up photographs of the Moon from Ranger 7, a spacecraft that made a historic impact that day. The short 1964 documentary “Lunar Bridgehead,” produced by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, chronicles the moments leading up to and following Ranger 7 mission’s lunar impact 50 years ago. The 29-minute film is available to watch online.