Category: apollo 8

December 21, 1968 – It’s not everyday that an Apollo launch photo actually gets a shot of the Moon into the frame. This is Apollo 8 roaring toward space for its famous Christmas-time mission around the Moon and back.

(NASA)

Welcome home to the Apollo 8 astronauts, December 1968.

December 27, 1968: Apollo 8 comes home. “Reentry, splashdown, acquisition, recovery.”

December 26, 1968 – Planet Earth, seen on television in a transmission from the Apollo 8 spacecraft as it traveled at 6,084 feet per second, 97,000 nautical miles from home.

LUNAR CHRISTMAS – Behold a sequence of photos of the lunar surface taken during the Christmas-time Apollo 8 mission when humans orbited the Moon for the first time, December 24/25, 1968. (NASA)

December 21, 1968 – It’s not everyday that an Apollo launch photo actually gets a shot of the Moon into the frame. This is Apollo 8 roaring toward space for its famous Christmas-time mission around the Moon and back.

(NASA)

Apollo 8 roars into space on December 21, 1968.

Apollo 8 heads out for a Christmas vacation in orbit around the Moon, December 21, 1968.

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.

December 24, 1968: In the Apollo 8 message from space, astronauts read verses from the Book of Genesis, and mission commander Frank Borman closes with Christmas greetings to “all of you on the good Earth.”