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26/01/1962 NASA launches Ranger 3

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Ranger Iii Build Up For Moon Attempt (1962)

It was a space probe planned to take photos of Moon surface and then impact on it and leave a seismometer. The instrument was encased in the lunar capsule along with an amplifier, a transmitter, voltage control, a turnstile antenna, and batteries. Due to a series of malfunctions, the spacecraft missed the Moon by 35,000 km and entered a heliocentric orbit.
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