Lunar Bridgehead: The Ranger 7 Story


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.