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This Week's Night Vision: Apollo 8

Posted December 18, 2018 - by Thomas Quayle

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The launch of Apollo 8 on Dec. 21, 1968.
The launch of Apollo 8 on Dec. 21, 1968. (Image credit: NASA)

In just over six years after President John F. Kennedy's famous speech about going to the Moon, NASA would embark on a mission that would ultimately allow humans to set foot there—Apollo 8. It was a mission of many firsts: the first time that humans would ride on a Saturn V rocket, the first time they would leave Earth's orbit and gravity, the first time they would orbit another celestial body, and the first time they would see our planet as a whole from space.

Earthrise, taken by Apollo 8 as it orbited the Moon in December, 1968.
This iconic picture shows Earth hanging over the lunar surface, taken by Apollo 8 as it orbited the Moon. (Image credit: NASA)


Our presentation will look at the some of the steps that were taken during this perilous journey taken by a select few. We will also focus on the rewards and benefits we gained from it. As humanity now prepares to embark on its next step in the journey of space exploration, please join us as we explore this "mission of firsts" that set the stage for all that was to follow.

Night Vision: Apollo 8 will be presented on Thursday, December 20th and Saturday, December 22nd at 6:45 PM. Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. Get your tickets now.