Apollo 8

  • Apollo 8 Begins

    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.
  • Astronaut Training Begins

    Astronaut Training Begins
    NASAAstronauts Frank Borman II, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders were instructed to begin training for a mission to the moon.
  • Teminal Countdown Sequence Begins

    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.
  • Launch

    WikipediaApollo 8 launched at 7:51 a.m. from Kennedy Space Center.
  • 10 Orbit Completion

    10 Orbit Completion
    Windows to the UniverseApollo 8 successfully completed 10 lunar orbits sending live television pictures back to Earth on Christmas Eve.
  • Re-entry

    NASARe-entry occurred at 10:51 a.m. in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Super Bowl Pre-game Show

    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.
  • U.S. Postage Stamp

    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.