Almost 50 years have passed since NASA’s Apollo 8 mission rounded the moon for the first time in history.
On December 21, 1968, astronauts left Frank Borman, William Anders and James Lovell Kennedy Space Center to fly around the moon. They spend 20 hours a month and then returned home after more than six days in space.
The Apollo 8 mission was a critical step towards achieving President John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing a man on the moon.
Nine other lunar missions followed Apollo 8, which took a dozen men to the moon and collected hundreds of pounds of rock and earth samples for analysis.
However, almost five decades ago, no US spacecraft has landed on the moon surface.
It may change in the next few years. In November, NASA announced that it offered up to $ 2.6 billion in contract to nine US companies that could land probes on the moon in 2022. NASA does not want to buy lunar landers or take responsibility for launching, landing or controlling them. Instead, the Space Agency wants the private sector to address these challenges and invite the opportunity to take NASA’s attempt to the moon.
Meanwhile, take a look back at all NASA’s Apollo missions, which fled between 1
968 and 1972 and managed to put the first man on the moon.