Apollo 8

The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon

Ranked #29 in Air, Ranked #34 in Aerospace Engineeringsee more rankings.

In August 1968, one short year after three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, NASA decided that it would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Sixteen weeks later, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were aboard the first manned spacecraft to depart Earth’s orbit, reach the moon, and return safely to Earth, delivering a tear-inducing Christmas Eve message along the way. less

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