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Apollo 8

Foundations of Engineering & Technology
Aerospace Engineering Unit
9th/10th graders

The following web resources will take you on a guided path through the significance, drama, and importance of man's first flight to the moon!

Apollo 8 | NASA

This NASA resource provides main facts and information related to the Apollo 8 mission.

You can use this resource as a quick reference for Apollo 8's launch date, splashdown date, crew information, and mission objectives.

The Greatest Leap, part 2: The 50/50 bet that won the Space Race for America | Ars Technica

This resource explains how societal issues in 1968 America, problems with the design and development of Apollo program infrastructure, and the increasing pressure to meet President John F. Kennedy's challenge to send men to the moon by the end of the decade all influenced major decisions affecting the Apollo 8 mission.

After viewing this resource, you should have a better idea of how historical, societal, and logistical factors impacted the Apollo 8 mission.

Her Code Got Humans on the Moon—And Invented Software Itself | WIRED

Women have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields. However, one of the most famous NASA programmers was a woman by the name of Margaret Hamilton.

After reading this article, you will learn how her programming skills helped advance NASA's Apollo program and enabled missions like Apollo 8 to be successful.

Remembering the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast - HISTORY

This is a video of Apollo 8's famous Christmas Eve broadcast from lunar orbit, watched live by an estimated 1 billion people around the world.

Who Took the Legendary Earthrise Photo From Apollo 8? | Science | Smithsonian

This article seeks the answer to the question of which Apollo 8 crew member was responsible for taking the famous "Earthrise" picture.

After reading this article, you will know key information about the "Earthrise" image including which astronaut is responsible for its capture and how the image was originally captured.