NASA celebrates 40th anniversary of Apollo 8′s Moon circumnavigation via live TV today

The crew of Apollo 8, who flew to the Moon on Saturn V 40 years ago next month will reunite live on NASA TV today.

The prgramme will be broadcast LIVE on www.nasa.gov on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. EST.

The show will feature Apollo 8 crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders.

 

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The crew for the Apollo 8 spacecraft L-R: James A. Lovell Jr., William A. Anders, Frank Borman, 1968. Picture credit CSU Archives / Everett Collection/Rex Features

During the 60-minute programme, the astronauts will discuss the epic December 1968 lunar orbital mission and how the success of Apollo 8 contributed to the overall moon landing effort that culminated just six months later with Apollo 11.

The crew also will discuss the years following Apollo and the future of space exploration.

Flight reported on 21 November that the event would happen and we recorded the event here on 21 December 1968 but interestingly in less detail due to time constraints with the Christmas printing deadlines. So here is an entry on 2 January of the successfull mission.

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