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  1. Dec 2018
    1. Apollo 8 astronauts

      Most of the factoids I know about the Apollo missions come from a book I acquired: Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes by Billy Watkins. It was published later as a paperback. by Bison Books and is still available on Amazon. Learn about the frogman who retrieved the astronauts from the sea or the man who decided that they should even have cameras on their voyage (weight was an issue).

    2. The first color image of the earth, taken by the Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968

      It's impossible (for me) to conceive of the distance between the earth and the moon. Three days journey. We're so spoiled by our "fast" travel.

    1. Apollo 8 was the first moonshot. No human being had ever been beyond low Earth orbit. Even the Apollo 8 astronauts — Frank Borman, James Lovell Jr. and Bill Anders — struggled to wrap their heads around what they were about to do.

      So amazing that this happened at all!

  2. Jan 2018
  3. Apr 2017
    1. But on April 13, 1970, an oxygen tank explosion aboard the Apollo 13 spacecraft set a harrowing mission into motion—and its success would turn a team of heartland boys into national heroes. A little more than two days into the mission’s voyage to the moon, the command module began to lose its supply of electricity and water. That’s when astronaut John Swigert uttered the phrase that would implant mission control in the public’s consciousness: “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.”

      Such an amazing story. Heard about it from my dad, before there was a blockbuster book and movie!