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Christopher K.
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Apollo 8 Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » December 18th, 2013, 8:19 pm

Well, it's been forty-five years since Apollo 8...and China just landed a rover on the Moon. Lest we forget...
Commander, Frank Borman (backup, Neil Armstrong)
Lunar Module Pilot, William Anders (backup, Fred Haise)
Command Module Pilot, Jim Lovell (backup, Edwin Aldrin)

Apollo 8 launched on 21 December 1968 at 6:51am CST from Launch Pad 39A aboard a Saturn V. Of course, since Apollo 8 was a "test run" a lunar module wasn't carried along, but the Lunar Test Article was equivalent in weight and was carried as ballast. The men spent twenty sleepless hours in lunar orbit, conducting landmark and landing site tracking, vertical stereo photography, stereo navigation photography and sextant navigation. Six telecasts were conducted during the mission, but the best known is the Christmas Eve telecast which included a reading from Genesis. The crew landed in the Pacific Ocean the morning of 27 December.

On Friday the 20th HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop will give the "Apollo 8 45th Anniversary" lecture at HRPO for patrons aged fourteen and older. It will last from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

Apollo 8 Mission Page:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/apoll ... ollo8.html

Apollo 8 Press Kit:
http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/apoll ... essKit.pdf

Apollo 8 Flight Journal:
http://history.nasa.gov/ap08fj/index.htm

Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast:
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/planetary/lu ... _xmas.html

Borman Biography:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/borman-f.html

Anders Biography:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/anders-wa.html

Lovell Biography:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/lovell-ja.html

More information:
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/lunar/missions/apollo/apollo_8/
http://er.jsc.nasa.gov/seh/apollo8.html
http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/eyewit ... section=25

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Re: Apollo 8 Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » January 4th, 2016, 4:28 pm

I hope everyone remembered to replay the wonderful broadcast from 1968 during your festivities. Below is the end of the transcript...

Anders: "We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void: and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness."
Lovell: "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."
Borman: And God said, Let the waters unders the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth: and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth."

The men obviously used the classic King James translation.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/topics/history/feat ... llo_8.html

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Re: Apollo 8 Anniversary

Post by Christopher K. » November 27th, 2018, 2:56 pm

A fiftieth anniversary comes once. HRPO invites the public to hear Former BREC Center Supervisor Tom Northrop's amazing Apollo 8 presentation. It will take place on Friday 21 December at 7:30pm. The talk is aimed at a general adult audience and has no admission fee.

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