RANGER SPACECRAFT LUNAR IMPACT CHARTS.
Complete set of 17 folded air brushed Ranger Lunar Charts (RLC) based on close-up spacecraft television images. All are 29 by 22 inches except RLC 2 being 31 by 22 inches. First editions from October 1964, March 1966, and May 1966 with 14 charts having non-annotated images on verso. Scales vary from 1:1,000,000 down to 1:350. Includes: "The View from Ranger." NASA/JPL EP-38. Washington: 1966. 58 pp. Illustrated. 10½ by 8 inches. Original printed wrappers.
After six straight failures, the final three Ranger spacecraft all achieved their objective of obtaining close-up images of the lunar surface prior to hard impacts. The Ranger VII set has five charts of the Mare Cognitum area with impact just south the future Apollo 14 landing area. Ranger VIII has 7 charts of the western Mare Tranquillitatis area with impact just north of the future Apollo 11 landing area. Both Apollo landing areas are within view of the larger scale charts. Ranger IX has 5 charts focused on the crater Alphonsus.
Together, 18 items.