Apollo 8 - 50th Anniversary Celebration

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On Dec. 20, 2018 Bill Anders and his wife Valerie will be at the San Diego Air & Space Museum to celebrate the the 50th Anniversary of Bill’s historic Apollo 8 mission in December 1968, the first manned flight to the moon. In addition to being the first flight to orbit the moon, Apollo 8 also resulted in the iconic “Earthrise," one of the most historic photos ever taken.

The mission was the second manned spaceflight in the Apollo program, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit the Moon, and return safely to Earth.

The three-astronaut crew — Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders — became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit; see Earth as a whole planet; enter the gravity of and orbit another celestial body; see the far side of the Moon with their own eyes; witness an Earthrise; escape the gravity of another celestial body; and re-enter Earth’s gravity. The mission was the third flight of the Saturn V and that rocket’s first crewed launch, and was also the first human spaceflight to launch from the Kennedy Space Center.

For sponsorship information please contact Diane Sutherland or call 619.234.8291 x109. Thank you.

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