Highland Road Park Observatory

APOLLO 8 50TH ANNIVERSARY

Friday 21 December at 7:30pm
No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.

Six days off the Earth…twenty hours around the Moon…

Some believe this to have been an even riskier endeavor of the Space Age than Apollo 11…for the first time, men would be launched from Earth♁ atop the enormous Saturn V. And for the first time, men would travel around the Moon.

All of the incredible stated objectives of this mission were achieved…
*coordinated performance of the crew, the command and service module, and the support facilities
*demonstration of translunar injection
*proving of CSM navigation, communications and midcourse corrections
…just to name a few.

There were six telecasts. During the Christmas Eve telecast the crew famously read from the King James Versions of Genesis 1, concluding with “Good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas and God bless all of you—all of you on the good Earth!”

HRPO Center Supervisor Tom Northrop recounts the thrilling challenge and the exploits of the brave crew—Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell—for the historic anniversary of a historic flight.

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