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First US rocket lands on Moon First US rocket lands on Moon
by The Ovi Team
2017-04-26 09:33:04
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space01April 26th 1962; first US rocket lands on Moon the American Moon rocket Ranger IV has landed on the far side of the moon but has failed to send back pictures due to a technical fault. It is the first time an American spacecraft has successfully reached the Moon - the Russians achieved the first ever lunar impact in 1959.

However, the main aim of the mission - to take television pictures of the lunar surface - was not achieved after all internal power on board the spacecraft failed two hours after launch. The Ranger IV Atlas-Agena rocket, which took off from Cape Canaveral on 23 April, is one of the most sophisticated space machines ever developed.



 


    
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Emanuel Paparella2016-04-26 10:42:37
Of course Aristotle could have told us that there is another side to the moon, even if we never see it and that many truths can be reached rationally without the aid of empirical science; it is cheaper and faster that way. One hopes however that we did not go to the other side of the moon only to prove that it exists; for we did, what a waste!


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