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    Rare early moon photos from 1965
    Deluxe Edition

    NASA's Ranger IX Photographs of the Moon Photographic Edition Portfolio, Published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, December 15, 1965. An absolutely amazing collection of 170 high-resolution photographs of the lunar surface taken by the Ranger IX spacecraft in March 1965. They are all printed on 10.75" x 13.75" glossy photographic paper, linen-backed, numbered, and neatly filed in a snap-close custom case along with a softbound book that imparts details on the mission and these images. This Ranger lunar probe was equipped with six television vidicon cameras designed to transmit photos to earth up until the very moment of impact with the moon at which time the resolution was an amazing 12". These 170 images, seventy from Camera A, eighty-eight from Camera B, and twelve from the P Cameras, were hand-selected from the more than 5800 photos transmitted during the last nineteen minutes of flight. Ranger IX was the final flight in this project with the goal of obtaining the first close-up images of the moon. These same images were also published in 1966 in a softcover book edition which is easily obtainable. This, the Photographic Portfolio Edition, is quite rare and desirable. Total weight approximately seventeen pounds. Photos and book very fine, case shows some soiling and wear.

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    May, 2017
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