12/22/68: “Astronaut William A. Anders holds up the telephoto lens that failed today during an attempt to show in detail what the earth looks like from 120,000 nautical miles away. The astronauts were able to televise themselves with a short lens but each attempt to use the long lens resulted in no picture. This picture was made on an ornicon image tube at NASA’s Goldstone tracking station near Barstow, Cal.”
Yeah, it’s too bad that Apollo 8 didn’t have any decent pictures.
I know, such a shame.
(This is me helping other people realize what the joke is, not me not getting the joke.)
Inside the Launch Control room at the Kennedy Space Center during the Apollo 8 mission prelaunch activities. December 21, 1968. (NASA)
Bringing in the weekend with the smiley Apollo 8 gang and Uncle John in 2008. I wonder if Frank and Jim planned to wear almost identical suits, or if it was a twin thing. ;-)
Turns out I am terrible with the astronauts’ birthdays but better late than never:
Happy 80th Birthday Bill!!
Bringing in the weekend with the Apollo 8 boys post-splashdown, and Frank holding true to his word when he announced “If the mission is a complete success with no screw-ups, I’ll eat my hat!”. ;-)
Bro in background left is cringing. He knows the hat horror that is to come.
I swore I’d eat a Post-It note once if something I thought was unlikely happened.
I ended up having to do it. Paper is hard to chew.
Never make bets like that without being fully aware of what the consequence entails.
12/23/68, Houston: “Valerie Anders, wife of Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, gets the word as to what is going on from (backup commander) astronaut Neil Armstrong as she sits in the viewing booth behind Mission Control Center and observes the direction of the Apollo 8 mission.”
Going by Frank’s face, I think this is the moment that Jim told Frank that there is no Santa Claus. At least until he changed his mind on Apollo 8.
Water egress training, 18 October 1968.
Jim had a reputation as a cruel, cruel man.
Well, on Apollo 8, they learned that there WAS a Santa Claus.