Apollo 8 Facts
Apollo 8 Crew
The Apollo Program
||none flown, Lunar Test Article ballast
|Command and Service
|| Frank Borman, commander
James A. Lovell, command module pilot
William A. Anders, lunar module pilot
|| December 21, 1968
12:51:00 UT (7:51:00 a.m. EST)
Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A
||December 24, 1968
(total of 10 lunar orbits)
|Returned to Earth:
|| December 27, 1968
splashdown 15:51:42 UT (10:51:42 a.m. EST)
|| 146 hours 59 minutes 49 seconds
||Pacific Ocean 8° 7.5' N, 165°
- A lunar module was not carried but a Lunar Test Article which
is equivalent in weight to a lunar module was carried as ballast.
- The mission was the second flight in the Apollo program and
the first manned flight on the Saturn V rocket. Saturn V launch
vehicle with the Apollo spacecraft on top stood 363 feet (110
- Launched from Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center and marked
the first manned use of the Moonport.
- The five first-stage engines developed combined thrust of
7.5 million pounds at liftoff.
- First humans to journey to the Earth's Moon.
- First pictures of Earth from deep space taken by astronauts.
- New world speed record: 24,200 mph (38,938 km/hr).
- First live TV coverage of the lunar surface.