Anniversary Aug 10, 2006 3:07:28 GMT -4
Post by gwiz on Aug 10, 2006 3:07:28 GMT -4
Today marks 40 years since the launch of Lunar Orbiter 1, the first NASA probe to enter lunar orbit, four months after the Russians first achieved this feat. The main payload was two cameras to obtain high-resolution coverage of potential Apollo landing sites. Nine sites were covered, and extra instrumentation gathered data on the radiation and meteorite environment, also in support of Apollo. The cameras also obtained a few pictures of sites of scientific interest, plus the first picture of the earth hanging above the lunar horizon.