Apollo 8 By Davisdawson29 Apr 27, 1968 Apollo 8 Begins NASA A decision was made to pilot a mission with a Command Service Module and a Lunar Module. This began Apollo 8. Aug 19, 1968 Astronaut Training Begins NASAAstronauts Frank Borman II, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders were instructed to begin training for a mission to the moon. Dec 19, 1968 Teminal Countdown Sequence Begins NASAT-28 hours; A few minor delays created a 6 hour hold at T-9 hours, but the spacecraft remained on schedule. Dec 21, 1968 Launch WikipediaApollo 8 launched at 7:51 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center. Dec 24, 1968 10 Orbit Completion Windows to the UniverseApollo 8 successfully completed 10 lunar orbits sending live television pictures back to Earth on Christmas Eve. Dec 27, 1968 Re-entry NASARe-entry occurred at 10:51 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean. Jan 14, 1969 Super Bowl Pre-game Show WikipediaThe crew from Apollo 8 was featured during the Super Bowl pre-game show reciting the Pledge of Allegiane prior to the National Anthem. May 5, 1969 U.S. Postage Stamp WikipediaThe United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp in honor of the Apollo 8 mission featuring the famous Earthrise picture taken on Christmas Eve.