“Apollo 8 glided on silently, farther from the Earth than man had ever before been, a microscopic dot of life in the cosmic void.”
The Apollo 8 mission took humans closer to the Moon than ever before. Apollo 8 boasts a number of firsts and records: the farthest from Earth humans had flown, the first time we orbited the Moon, the fastest speed (25,000 mph on reentry) humans had flown, and the closest, live television pictures of the Moon’s surface. This film takes us through all of the details of the Apollo 8 mission from liftoff to splashdown, featuring the voices of not only mission control in Houston but also the astronauts as they explain what they are doing, what they are seeing, and how they feel about their journey.
Date Released: February 1969
File #: MSC-69-500
Produced By: Space Division of North American Rockwell Corp.
Program Duration: 21:58
Media: 16mm Film
Reel Length: 810 ft
Audio: Optical, Variable Area
Film Stock: Eastman
Film Stock Edge Code Date: 1968