Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Lovell, Borman and Anders, left to right, share a laugh in a technical briefing before the launch of Apollo 8. Borman was the mission commander. Anders, trained as a lunar module pilot, served as a de facto backup commander on a mission hastily re-purposed to abandon lunar module testing in Earth orbit and fly instead all the way to the moon - a bold gambit to reach lunar orbit before the Soviet Union.
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