Space: Dead Probe

U.S. space exploration got a setback last week when the $10 million, gold-and chrome-plated Ranger V moon probe ran out of electric power before it neared the moon. The launch was perfect, but the spacecraft's solar-powered electric system did not deliver the necessary juice. After 8 hr. 44 min. of flight, Ranger V went dead. Though it may pass close to its target, it will be able to make no observations. Ten more Rangers are scheduled for the vital duty of exploring the moon by instrument before men try to land there.


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