Apollo 8 Mission Photos

William A. Anders
William A. Anders
Lovell & Anders
Lovell & Anders
Rollout
Apollo 8 rollout October 1968
Crew
Crew
Crew
Crew
Water egress training
Training
October 25, 1968
Training
November 13, 1968
Training in CM
Service Module
Erection of the Service Module
Mobile Service Structure
Evening before launch
Pad 39A
Pad 39A
Saturn V
Saturn V
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Fred Haise
Backup crew
Twilight
Launch pad
Frank Borman
Commander Frank Borman
December 21, 1968
Crew walkout
White Room
White Room
Firing Control Room at KSC
Firing Control Room
Aerial view
Complex 39
Reporters & cameras
The press
Launch
Launch
Launch
Viewing site
Viewing site
December 21, 1968
Ascent
S-IVB third stage after undocking
S-IVB after undocking
S-IVB third stage
S-IVB after undocking
In flight
In flight
In flight
Far side of the moon
Lunar far side
Far side of the moon
Lunar far side
Rupes Cauchy in eastern Mare Tranquillitatis
Rupes Cauchy
December 24, 1968
Earth over Moon
Earth over Moon
December 27, 1968
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
Recovery
USS Yorktown
Onboard USS Yorktown

Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to the Moon, although its mission was only to fly past and not to land. The crew consisted of Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. This mission also saw the first manned launch of the Saturn V rocket.

Apollo 8 was originally planned as an Earth-orbit mission to test the Lunar Module and Command Module, but was upgraded to a Lunar mission in August 1968. Some sources claim this change was made in response to the Soviet lunar missions such as Zond 5 and Zond 6, but other sources regard the deciding factors as being hardware and construction issues and/or time pressure to achieve the "end of the decade" deadline.

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