William Anders, Close-up view of the Moon, Apollo 8, December 1968

William Anders, Close-up view of the Moon, Apollo 8, December 1968

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Credit: William Anders

Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA AS8-14-2484

The mission objectives for Apollo 8 included a coordinated performance of the crew, the command and service module, or CSM, and the support facilities. The mission also was to demonstrate translunar injection; CSM navigation, communications and midcourse corrections; consumable assessment; and passive thermal control. The detailed test objectives were to refine the systems and procedures relating to future lunar operations. All primary mission objectives and detailed test objectives were achieved. All launch vehicle and spacecraft systems performed according to plan. Engineering accomplishments included use of the ground network with onboard navigational techniques to sharpen the accuracy of lunar orbit determination and the successful use of Apollo high-gain antenna - a four-dish unified S-band antenna that deployed from the service module, or SM, after separation from the third stage.

About Apollo 8 here

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