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Apollo 8 Moderated Forum – Part 3

February 16, 2009

On December 11th, 2008, the crew of Apollo 8 and other NASA astronauts and alumni visited the museum to celebrate Apollo 8’s 40th anniversary. For those of you who could not attend, or who wish to relive the evening, we plan to post the evening events as separate videos over the next month. This fourth post shows the remarks made by the Apollo 8 astronauts during part of the moderated forum. Enjoy!

On December 21st, 1968, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, sitting atop a 363-foot Saturn V rocket, lifted off into space and began their six day journey to the Moon and back. The Apollo 8 mission accomplished many firsts. These three astronauts became the first humans to break free of Earth’s gravitational pull (they traveled at 25,ooo miles per hour to do it), they became the first humans to travel to the Moon, and the first humans to see the far side of the Moon with their own eyes. They also took one of the most famous pictures of all time, Earthrise (which is always oriented wrong, the moon should be on the right side of the photo, not on the bottom).

40 years after splashing down in the ocean, people still love to hear about their experiences during that historic voyage. So instead of reading about it, you can hear these three astronauts talk about it below. The audio volume is low, so please turn up your speakers. (This is part 3 of the moderated forum, check back next week for the part 4)

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Watch other videos from the Apollo 8 4oth Anniversary: Glynn Lunney, Moderated Forum Part 1Part 2 & Part 4, Neil ArmstrongBill Anders.

Click the names to find out more about Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders.

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