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Huntsville in Madison County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham / Borman • Lovell • Anders

Launched: October 11, 1968 • Splashdown: October 22, 1968

 

—Launched: December 21, 1968 • Splashdown: December 27, 1968 —

 
Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham /<br>Borman • Lovell • Anders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
1. Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham /
Borman • Lovell • Anders Marker
Inscription.
"…A Merry Christmas and God bless all of you • All of you • On the good Earth."

With these good wishes, the crew of Apollo 8 signed off their Christmas Eve telecast from orbit around the Moon.

These successful flights came only months apart at the end of 1968. Together, they restored confidence in the Apollo program after the disastrous Apollo 1 fire. Apollo 7 is remembered for carrying the first three-man American crew into space. The mission was not designed to go to the moon—rather it orbited the Earth for eleven days, proving that the redesigned command module was worthy to serve the approaching lunar missions. Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to escape Earth's gravitational field and orbit another heavenly body. The crew became the first humans to view the far side of the moon and to witness - and photograph - an Earthrise over the lunar horizon. Apollo 8 validated the Apollo program and its giant Saturn rocket. Just seven months later Apollo 11 would land on the Moon.
 
Location. 34° 42.673′ N, 86° 39.341′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Alabama, in Madison County. Marker can be reached from Tranquility Base half a mile west of Old Madison Pike NW, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is
Capt. James Lovell Footprint & Signature image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
2. Capt. James Lovell Footprint & Signature
Gemini 7; Gemini 12; Apollo 8; Apollo 13
at or near this postal address: 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville AL 35805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grissom • White • Chaffee (here, next to this marker); McDivitt • Scott • Schweickart / Stafford • Young • Cernan (here, next to this marker); Armstrong • Collins • Aldrin (a few steps from this marker); Conrad • Gordon • Bean (a few steps from this marker); Lovell • Swigert • Haise (a few steps from this marker); Shepard • Roosa • Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Scott • Worden • Irwin (a few steps from this marker); Young • Mattingly • Duke (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceExploration
 
Maj. Gen. Bill Anders Footprint & Signature image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
3. Maj. Gen. Bill Anders Footprint & Signature
LM Pilot, Apollo 8
Apollo 7 - Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
4. Apollo 7 - Schirra • Eisele • Cunningham
Apollo 8 - Borman • Lovell • Anders image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, November 22, 2011
5. Apollo 8 - Borman • Lovell • Anders
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 414 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querιtaro, Mexico. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   2, 3. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4, 5. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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