A manned mission of the Apollo space program. Apollo 8 launched in December, 1968 and was the first mission that took men to the moon, the first time anyone was closer to another celestial body than they were to the earth. The spacecraft orbited the moon and returned safely.
- Launched: December 21, 1968
- Returned: December 27, 1968
- Crew members: Frank Borman, commander; Jim Lovell, command module pilot;
William A. Anders, lunar module pilot