Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Forty-Five Years Ago, America's Apollo 8 Astronauts Orbited Around the Moon, a First for Humanity
December 24, 1968: In Apollo 8, human beings, for the first time, orbited around the moon.
Above: Earth Rise, an Iconic Photo taken of the Earth with the Moon in the foreground. Photo taken during Apollo 8, Dec 24, 1968.
Apollo 8 was the first manned circumnavigation of the moon. The three American astronauts who made the journey achieved a landmark moment in human history.
Never before had human beings left the gravitational dominance of earth, entered into deep space, and orbited another world. Apollo 8 did those things, and a few months later (July 1969), human beings would walk on the surface of the moon.