Special Program: Newseum Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Apollo 8 Mission

November 13, 2008

Guests: Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders

By Newseum staff

The Newseum hosted a special program on Thursday, Nov. 13 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. It featured the historic team of Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders, who discussed their epic voyage in a panel discussion hosted by veteran journalist Nick Clooney.

The focus was on Dec. 21-27, 1968, which marked another unbelievable first for NASA as the Apollo 8 crew members became the first men to circle the moon. On Christmas Eve, the crew’s reading from the book of Genesis was broadcast live on the networks. At the time, the broadcast was the most-watched program in television history.

The event coincided with the premiere screening of the Newseum’s new 8-minute NASA documentary in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Big Screen Theater.

Borman served as commander. He is also a veteran of the Gemini 7 Space Orbital Rendezvous with Gemini 6 in 1965. Lovell served as command module pilot and navigator. At one time, Lovell held the record for time in space with 715 hours and 5 minutes. Anders served as lunar module pilot. He has logged more than 6,000 hours of flying time.

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