Space: Christmas at the Moon

The U.S. has sent 17 manned missions into space, but none has been as ambitious or adventurous as the next one on NASA's schedule. If all goes well, on the morning of Dec. 21 a 3,100-ton Saturn 5 will rise slowly from its pad at Cape Kennedy. Three days later, Astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell Jr. and William A. Anders will be spending Christmas Eve in the spaceship Apollo 8, farther from home than any men have ever been: they will be circling the moon.

Shortly after liftoff, Apollc 8 will go...

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