Greetings From Apollo 8
Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968: Mission commander Frank Borman, command module pilot James Lovell and lunar module pilot William Anders gave the world a holiday greeting from lunar orbit, as the Apollo 8 crew became the first humans to leave Earth's gravity and reach the moon.
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In the image above, the Apollo 8 crew stands in the doorway of the recovery helicopter after arriving aboard the carrier U.S.S. Yorktown. In left foreground is Commander Borman. Behind him is Lovell and on the right is Anders. Apollo 8 splashed down at 10:51 a.m. EST, Dec. 27, 1968, in the central Pacific Ocean, approximately 1,000 miles south-southwest of Hawaii.
Image Credit: NASA