Today in History: Apollo 8 Launches to the Moon

| December 21, 2017

171218_News_219x365This Fall the Gottesman Libraries took Teachers College members to Mars via the exciting launch of The Smith Learning Theater, the newly renovated fourth floor, whose funding was made possible by the generous gift of Camilla and George Smith. An immersive 70 minute experience, the Mars Mission introduced dynamic, highly collaborative learning and problem solving, with engaging connections to space, design, and technology — helping us take stock and imagine the possibilities of new forms of education. A documentary highlighting American scientific achievements and challenges was most apt as part of the adventure. Tying in the space theme, we feature news on the anniversary launch of Apollo 8, considered by many as a Christmas gift to mankind.

The first manned mission to the moon, Apollo 8 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on December 21, 1968. Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders were the first astronauts to enter orbit around the moon — not just once, but ten times — sending images of the Earth and moon back to the United States. Apollo 8 landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27, having left lunar orbit on Christmas Day, 1968. This journey paved the way for Apollo 11, the first manned mission to walk on the moon; astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin set foot there on July 20, 1969.

The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.

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