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July 31st, 2018

Tuesday Trivia

For some unknown reason, I am the editor of my Rotary club's weekly newsletter. (For another unknown reason, I'm also the webmaster.) As part of a tradition going back to before I was a member, our weekly newsletter incorporates a trivia section and a cartoon at the end. Since I've got things to do after the meeting, I'm writing my trivia article now.

On this date in 1964, the Ranger 7 spacecraft was the first US vehicle to transmit pictures of the lunar surface to the Earth. The vehicle was also the first fully-successful Ranger mission. Equipped solely with cameras, transmission gear and whatever was needed to support them, Ranger 7's 69 hour mission ended when the vehicle deliberately crashed on the lunar surface, crashing between Mare Nubium and Oceanus Procellarum. This area was later named Mare Cognitum.

According to Wikipedia, "Ranger 7 is credited for beginning the "peanut" tradition at NASA command stations. On the success of Ranger 7, someone in the control room was noticed eating peanuts – surely the reason the mission was successful. Since 1964 control rooms ceremonially open a container of peanuts for luck and tradition."

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