On this day in 1965 - February 20th - NASA's Ranger 8 ended its mission by a crash landing on the Moon.

The Ranger program was intended to obtain close-up images of the Moon's surface to help choose landing sites for Apollo missions. Ranger 8 transmitted 7,137 images before its mission ended.

Mona Evans
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