Apollo 8
First Humans Beyond Earth Orbit

Apollo 8 Archive
The Apollo 8 astronauts were the first human beings to venture beyond low Earth orbit and visit another world. What was originally to have been an Earth-orbit checkout of the lunar lander became instead a race with the Soviets to become the first nation to orbit the Moon. The Apollo 8 crew rode inside the command module, with no lunar lander attached. They were the first astronauts to be launched by the giant Saturn V rocket, which had been launched only twice before. The booster worked perfectly, as did the SPS engines that had been tested on Apollo 7.

Apollo 8 Earth Rise
Most published photograph ever
Apollo 8 Earth Rise Stamp
Scott #1371



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