Apollo 8



DescriptionApollo 8, the second human spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on December 21, 1968, and became the first manned spacecraft to leave Earthorbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it 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, the first to see Earth as a whole planet, the first to directly see the far side of the Moon, and then the first to witness Earthrise. The 1968 mission, the third flight of the Saturn V rocket and that rocket's first manned launch, was also the first human spaceflight launch from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, located adjacent to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Year of flight1968
Mission Duration6 days 3 hours 42 seconds
Days of mission6
Launch Date21/12/1968
Landing Date27/12/1968
Launch site (Mapping)Kennedy Space Center
Landing site (Mapping)8.133, -165.017
Landing site8.133, -165.017
Launch mass (kg)34491
OperatorNASA
Mission typeManned Lunar Orbiter
Epoch24/12/1968
Reference systemSelenocentric
Periselene (km)110.60
Aposelene (km)112.40
Orbital period (minutes)120.00
Inclination (degreees)12.00
Crew size3
MembersFrank F. Borman II James A. Lovell Jr. William A. Anders Callsign Apollo 8
Spacecraft ManucaturerNorth American Rockwell
Source (Wikipedia Page)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_8