Forty Years Ago Today

24 Dec

…I just keep finding cool stuff to post about!


On December 24th, 1968, Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were launched atop a Saturn V rocket on December 21, circled the Moon ten times in their command module, and returned to Earth on December 27. The Apollo 8 mission’s impressive list of firsts includes: the first humans to journey to the Earth’s Moon, the first to fly using the Saturn V rocket, and the first to photograph the Earth from deep space. As the Apollo 8 command module rounded the farside of the Moon, the crew could look toward the lunar horizon and see the Earth appear to rise, due to their spacecraft’s orbital motion. Their famous picture of a distant blue Earth above the Moon’s limb was a marvelous gift to the world.

6 Responses to “Forty Years Ago Today”

  1. scrollgirl December 24, 2008 at 4:40 pm #

    Thanks for sharing that bit of history! What a great shot. Famous, and I’ve seen it many times before, but didn’t know which mission it’d come from. Please, keep spamming with cool stuff!

  2. neshaffer December 24, 2008 at 5:41 pm #

    Hee!

  3. neshaffer December 24, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    Somehow, seeing the Earth rise over the moon seems very Christmasy to me.
    ; D

  4. a2zmom December 24, 2008 at 8:59 pm #

    Our fragile home.

  5. neshaffer December 25, 2008 at 1:01 am #

    You really realize that when you see it that way, don’t you?

  6. merlinmaus December 25, 2008 at 10:59 am #

    Wow, I’m so deep in Astronomy, but I didn’t know that. Mayby I should care more about (science)history than only science itself 😉
    Thanks for sharing, what a nice x-mas gift 🙂

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