Apollo 8: Around The Moon and Back

Apollo 8: Around The Moon and Back

December 14, 2019 100 By Kailee Schamberger


>>LISTEN, LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF THREE MEN FLYING AROUND THE MOON.>>NOW APPROACHING LUNAR SUNRISE AND FOR ALL THE PEOPLE BACK ON EARTH, THE CREW OF APOLLO 8 HAS A MESSAGE THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND TO YOU>>APOLLO 8 ORIGINALLY WAS AN EARTH ORBITAL MISSION EXERCISING A LUNAR MODULE. BUT THE LUNAR MODULE WAS WAY BEHIND. WE HAD INFORMATION THAT THE RUSSIANS WERE GOING TO PUT A MAN AROUND THE MOON PROBABLY IN DECEMBER OF 1968.>>THE PEOPLE IN NASA CAME UP WITH THE IDEA OF MOVING APOLLO 8 TO A LUNAR ORBITAL MISSION.>>WHY DON’T WE SEND THE COMMAND SERVICE MODULE OF APOLLO 8 TO ORBIT THE MOON AND WE CAN LEARN A LOT ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM, THE NAVIGATION SYSTEM, HOW THE MOON’S GRAVITY WOULD AFFECT ORBITING SPACECRAFT, LOOK FOR A SUITABLE LANDING SPOT.>>SO WE HAD TO CONDENSE INTO FOUR MONTHS WHAT TAKES A YEAR TO 18 MONTHS OF TRAINING. EVERYBODY WAS MOTIVATED, EVERYBODY WAS DEDICATED AND THE BASIC IDEA WAS TO BEAT THE RUSSIANS TO THE MOON. THAT WAS A POLITICAL GOAL AND SET BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY, AND WE WERE ALL DETERMINED TO MEET IT AND TO BEAT IT.>>APOLLO 8 DEVELOPED A LOT OF ATTENTION IT FILLED A BIG SQUARE IN PREPARATION FOR LATER APOLLO FLIGHT.>>WELL, I GOT INTO THE BIG SATURN V THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME THAT MAN HAD ACTUALLY LAUNCHED ON A SATURN V. BUT I THOUGHT TO MYSELF AFTER THE FOUR MONTHS OF HEAVY TRAINING, I SAID I’M ACTUALLY GOING TO GO TO THE MOON.>>THE ENGINES ARE ON.>>4, 3, 2, 1, 0.>>THE SATURN V STILL IS THE MOST POWERFUL MACHINE EVER MADE AND FOR 17 MISSIONS IT FLEW PERFECTLY.>>WE HAD ORBITED THE EARTH, FIRST OF ALL, TO CHECK OUR SPACECRAFT OUT. THEN WHEN EVERYTHING WAS FINE AND THE SPACECRAFT LOOKED FINE TO GO TO THE MOON WE WENT TO SPACE FOR A SECOND TIME>>WE COULD ACTUALLY COAST ALL THE WAY TO THE MOON.>>AND AFTER A WHILE CAN YOU LOOK BACK AND SEE THE EARTH GETTING SMALLER AND SMALLER.>>PEOPLE ON EARTH TEND TO CALL THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON THE DARK SIDE. THAT’S THE MISNOMER. ON OUR FLIGHT, THE MOON WAS BETWEEN THE EARTH AND THE SUN AND THE FAR SIDE WAS LIT BY THE SUN.>>AND WE SAW THE FAR SIDE, WE WERE LIKE THREE SCHOOL KIDS LOOKING THROUGH A CANDY STORE WINDOW. JUST STARING AT THE UNNAMED CRATERS AS THEY SLOWLY PASSED US BY. WE WERE BUSY SHOOTING PICTURES OF THE LUNAR SURFACE FOR LANDING SITES FOR UPCOMING LUNAR LANDINGS. AND SUDDENLY, I LOOKED OUT THE WINDOW, AND HERE WAS THIS GORGEOUS ORB COMING UP, AND I THOUGHT, HOLY MOLEY.>>AND THERE OVER THE LUNAR LANDSCAPE WAS THE EARTH THE EARTH WAS BEAUTIFUL. IT WAS THE ONLY THING IN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE THAT HAD ANY COLOR.>>I HAD FOUGHT TO HAVE A LONG LENS AND COLOR FILM. I DIDN’T HAVE A LIGHT METER. JUST BANGED OFF A DOZEN OR SO PICTURES, CHANGING THE F-STOP EACH CLICK.>>I PUT MY THUMB UP TO THE WINDOW OF THE SPACECRAFT AND I COULD COMPLETELY HIDE THE EARTH BEHIND MY THUMB. THE EARTH IS A MERE SPECK IN THE MILKY WAY GALAXY, LOOK WHAT WE HAVE HERE, WATER AND AN ATMOSPHERE ORBITING A STAR, JUST AT THE PROPER DISTANCE TO ABSORB THAT STAR’S ENERGY. GOD HAS GIVEN MANKIND A STAGE UPON WHICH TO PERFORM. HOW THE PLAY TURNS OUT IS UP TO US.>>FOR ALL THE PEOPLE BACK ON EARTH, THE CREW OF APOLLO 8 HAS A MESSAGE THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEND TO YOU. IN THE BEGINNING, GOD CREATED THE HEAVEN AND THE EARTH, AND THE EARTH WAS WITHOUT FORM AND VOID, AND DARKNESS WAS UPON THE FACE OF THE DEEP. THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED UPON THE THE FACE OF THE WATERS, AND GOD SAID LET THERE BE LIGHT, AND THERE WAS LIGHT. AND GOD SAW THE LIGHT THAT IT WAS GOOD. FROM THE CREW OF APOLLO 8, WE CLOSE WITH GOOD NIGHT, GOOD LUCK A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU, ALL OF YOU ON THE GOOD EARTH.>>IT’S IMPORTANT FOR AMERICA TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT OF SPACE EXPLORATION. THAT DRIVES TECHNOLOGY, ONE OF THE IMPORTANT FACETS OF THE APOLLO PROGRAM WAS THE COORDINATION AND THE ORGANIZATION OF THE AMERICAN INDUSTRY TO ACHIEVE A GREAT GOAL. WE NEED TO BE THE LEADER, NOT JUST ON EARTH, BUT IN SPACE.