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7th of January 2019
50th Anniversary of Apollo 8
December 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, the first crewed spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, orbit the Moon, and return. On the first crewed launch of the Saturn V rocket, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders took 68 hours to reach the Moon. Apollo 8 orbited the Moon ten times over the course of twenty hours, and their Christmas Eve live television broadcast which was the most watched TV program ever at the time. The image above shows the third stage of the Saturn V rocket separating from the Command and Service Module (CSM). More details of the mission, and the role of the Honeysuckle Creek tracking station, are available from the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station website, maintained by Colin Mackellar. (Image credit: Johnson Space Center scan courtesy of apolloarchive.com)

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