On December 21, 1968 the National Aeronautics & Space Administration sent three men to orbit the moon.Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot Willam Anders were to be the first living creatures to enter deep space. It was the boldest step yet taken in the quest to fulfill President John Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the mooOn December 21, 1968 the National Aeronautics & Space Administration sent three men to orbit the moon.Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot Willam Anders were to be the first living creatures to enter deep space. It was the boldest step yet taken in the quest to fulfill President John Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.To accomplish the task the world’s biggest and most complex machine was built by a syndicate of America’s leading aerospace manufacturers. The Apollo-Saturn V was a goliath and the flight of Apollo 8 proved it was an incredible vehicle.Capable of throwing over 100,000 pounds to the moon it was at that time the most complex machine ever devised by the hand of man.Apollo 8: The NASA Mission Reports finally puts in one place six of the most important documents from this triumphant odyssey, The Press Kit, The Pre-mission Report & Objectives, The Supplemental Technical Report, The Post Flight Summary, the Post Flight Mission Operation Report and the Crew Debriefing.These six documents show the staggering proportions of the undertaking required to send men into lunar orbit. It is a testament to the ingenuity of the American people and the bold courage of three men.Includes: CD-ROM with Captain Lovell Interview, plus hundreds of pictures!...
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Apollo 8 was the first mission to take humans to the Moon and back. An important prelude to actually landing on the Moon was testing the flight trajectory and operations for getting there and back. Apollo 8 did this and acheived many other firsts including the first manned mission launched on the Saturn V, first manned launch from NASA's new Moonport, first pictures taken by humans of the Earth from deep space, and first live TV coverage of the lunar surface.Lunar Module: none flown, Lunar Test Article ballast Command and Service Module: Apollo 8Crew: Frank Borman, commanderJames A. Lovell, command module pilotWilliam A. Anders, lunar module pilot Launch: December 21, 1968 12:51:00 UT (7:51:00 a.m. EST) Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A Lunar Orbit December 24, 1968 (total of 10 lunar orbits) Returned to Earth: December 27, 1968splashdown 15:51:42 UT (10:51:42 a.m. EST) Mission Duration: 146 hours 59 minutes 49 seconds Retrieval site: Pacific Ocean 8° 7.5' N, 165° 1.2' W Retrieval ship: U.S.S. Yorktown Special Payload:A lunar module was not carried but a Lunar Test Article which is equivalent in weight to a lunar module was carried as ballast. Highlights/Notes: The mission was the second flight in the Apollo program and the first manned flight on the Saturn V rocket. Saturn V launch vehicle with the Apollo spacecraft on top stood 363 feet (110 meters) tall. Launched from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center and marked the first manned use of the Moonport. The five first-stage engines developed combined thrust of 7.5 million pounds at liftoff. First humans to journey to the Earth's Moon. First pictures of Earth from deep space taken by astronauts. New world speed record: 24,200 mph (38,938 km/hr). First live TV coverage of the lunar surface.
Man's first journey beyond the grasps of Earth's gravity, and into the influence of the Moon. As Apollo 8, the first manned mission to go beyond the clutches of low earth orbit, the crew was the first to witness the earth in one view as an entire sphere, proving to the Flat Earth Society that indeed the world was round. Unfortunately, the Flat Earth Society countered and upheld their maxim: The earth was flat, like a quarter ....
This is pretty much all the technical papers and reports from NASA prior to - during and post the Apollo 8 mission to the moon.