This image shows the Ranger spacecraft 3 through 5 that were used to obtain close-up images of the moon. Ranger 3 was launched on January 26, 1962, but missed the moon. Ranger 4 was launched on April 23, 1962, and became the first US spacecraft to impact on the moon. Ranger 5 was launched on October 18, 1962. It was intended to impact but became a fly-by because of a spacecraft failure.
This image was digitally restored by Calvin J. Hamilton.