Apollo 8's Lunar Christmas - It Happened in Space #12

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NASA famously launched it's first manned lunar mission, Apollo 8, over Christmas in 1968. Whether the Soviet Zond 5 mission had anything to do with the risky decision is debatable; Apollo 7 and NASA's own capabilities were a much stronger driving factor. Sources:Zond 5: Spacecraft Chronology volume 4: , future astronauts: more "It Happened in Space": Scientific American's website for more space news and information: : Produced & hosted by Amy Teitel

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