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
" 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
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 & Space • Exploration •
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