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Lunar Orbiter 1: August 10, 1966

08/10/2006 3:30 PM

Today is the fortieth anniversary of the launch of NASA's first lunar orbiter. During its 35-day mission, Lunar Orbiter 1 collected vast amounts of data about the topography of the Moon's surface, taking 413 high- and moderate-resolution photographs. Lunar Orbiter 1 covered 262,000 square kilometers of the nearside of the Moon and over 3,000,000 square kilometers of its farside. The spacecraft also captured environmental data during all periods of visibility and gathered 1000 station hours of tracking data. Click here for more information.

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