IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- FRIDAY DECEMBER 27, 1968- APOLLO 8 RETURNS SAFELY HOME TO EARTH

 

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It was fifty years ago today- Friday December 27, 1968- Apollo 8 returned safely back to earth at 2:51 AM in the Pacific Ocean after it’s mission that took it to the Moon and back. The Apollo 8 capsule splashed down around 3 miles from the recovery vessel, the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders mission was a smashing success, a critical mission to test the technology needed to reach the moon. Without Apollo 8 there is no lunar landing six months later with Apollo 11. At this moment it was clear that the United States was far ahead of the Soviet Union in the race to the Moon  and would accomplish President Kennedy’s goal of going to the moon and back before the end of the 1960’s.

 

 

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4 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- FRIDAY DECEMBER 27, 1968- APOLLO 8 RETURNS SAFELY HOME TO EARTH

    • You know that is a good question- I am thinking artists impression because they came down in the dark- and had to wait an hour in the water to get picked up!

    • So it probably is an artist’s impression then… Which prompts me to this thought, the fact that there are many people out there who believe that the moon landing itself never happened, never took place – which amuses me! We seem to live in a world now where there is a great deal of fakery… Lol

    • There are even those who think the Earth is flat! Yes there is a lot of fakery out there- especially now with the technologies we have…

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