On Dec. 27, 1968, two days after Christmas in one of the USA’s worst years on record, the astronauts aboard Apollo 8 returned home after almost a week in space.
The NASA mission crewed by astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders logged a number of important firsts. It was the first human-crewed space mission to launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, the first one to reach the Moon (or any other astronomical object, for that matter), and also the first to orbit Earth’s only natural satellite.
It was also, notably, the first time any human ever got to see an “Earthrise.” (Think sunrise, except it’s looking at the Earth from the Moon.) Read more…
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