From the Earth to the Moon

Season 1 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Apr 12, 1998 on HBO
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1968 is proving eventful for the United States and the world, but not for any good reasons. Virtually each month sees something horrific happen – further violence in the Vietnam War; protests turning violent; the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy; and more. Concurrently, NASA is continuing their work as planned. However, word spreads of the Soviet Union preparing a new spacecraft for testing and launch for a lunar orbit – prompting a change of plans. A decision is made to have Apollo 8 and its crew – astronauts Jim Lovell, Bill Anders and Frank Borman – perform ten lunar orbits in late December. As work and the mission itself proceed, the United States and the world – such as the Borman family – wait in suspense.moreless

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    Timothy Daly

    Timothy Daly

    Astronaut James Lovell

    David Andrews

    David Andrews

    Frank Borman

    Ann Cusack

    Ann Cusack

    Jan Armstrong

    Cary Elwes

    Cary Elwes

    Astronaut Michael Collins

    Holmes Osborne

    Holmes Osborne

    George Law

    Tom Amandes

    Tom Amandes

    Astronaut Jack Schmitt

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    • QUOTES (8)

      • Jim Lovell: (watching the earthrise over the moon) Are you getting any of this? Come on, hurry up! Get a picture of it!
        Frank Borman: Hey. That picture's not scheduled.

      • Michael Collins (CapCom): I've just been informed that your accuracy at navigation has reached the theoretical limits of our system.
        Jim Lovell: Well, that's very flattering, Mike.
        Michael Collins (CapCom): Best guess is you must be cheating somehow.
        Jim Lovell: Aw, Mike, you caught me. I came up here by myself last week to practice.

      • Frank Borman: (about the emergency evacuation procedure) Let me see if I've got this. It takes 20 seconds to open this hatch. That's you, standing upright on the factory floor. This is me, strapped into the side of the spacecraft. Everything's upside down above me and behind me. Something goes wrong, I don't want to have to look at a checklist. I can't wait 20 seconds to evac. Something's got to open that hatch in a heartbeat.

      • Jim Lovell: (looking at the Earth from orbit) If I were a lonely traveler from some other planet, what woud I think about the Earth from this altitude. What I'm curious about is whether I'd land on the blue or brown part of the Earth.
        Frank Borman: Better hope we land on the blue part.

      • Frank Borman: Houston, this is Apollo 8, we are in lunar orbit.

      • Frank Borman: Houston, Apollo 8. Please be advised there is a Santa Claus.

      • Chris Kraft: (after learning that Borman vomited in the space craft) Man, it's got to smell bad up there!

      • Frank Borman: First stage was smooth, this one's smoother.
        Jim Lovell: Smooth and smoother? Who are you kidding?
        Bill Anders: Yeah, that one felt like we'd been in a train wreck.
        Frank Borman: Kick in the pants, huh?

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