Nation: INTO THE DEPTHS OF SPACE

To the nation and the world, space shots have become routine affairs. There is still a special sort of drama in the trembling instant of decision when the rocket ignites and begins to rise, and in the knowledge of the men strapped down inside the huge projectile —but the drama has become familiar from so many past launchings. The voyage of Apollo 8 was an event, of another magnitude altogether, and it transfixed a blase world Three U S astronauts were about to soar 230,000 miles to the moon, circle it ten times and...

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