The Crew of Apollo 8

ON its mission to the moon, Apollo 8 will carry a three-man crew that is unusually well qualified, both by experience and temperament, for the pioneering flight: they are Veterans Frank Borman and James Lovell, both 40, and Rookie William Anders, 35.

In December 1965, Borman and Lovell were pilots of Gemini 7 on man's longest space flight — a 3301-hours' orbital mission that included the history-making rendezvous with Gemini 6. Both took their long confinement in the cramped spacecraft with equanimity and quiet humor, and displayed competence and stability that helped win them their Apollo 8 assignments. Eleven months later, Lovell...