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Apollo 8, the first human mission to lunar orbit, was originally scheduled for:
Lunar free return
Geosynchronous Earth orbit
Low Earth orbit
Apollo 8 was to check out the first lunar module in low Earth orbit, but the LM was not ready in time for the mission; NASA decided instead to send Apollo 8 to lunar orbit without a LM.
High Earth orbit
«10, 20.17, 111.5, 147»
Equal to the duration [in hours] of the Apollo 8 mission, the number of times Apollo 8 orbited the Moon, the duration [in hours] of their stay in lunar orbit, and the altitude [in kilometres] of their lunar orbit.
“I said that it looked like dirty beach sand. That’s how I described it, thus gaining the wrath of poets worldwide! ‘Couldn’t you have done better?’ Probably!”
– Bill Anders, lunar module pilot, Apollo 8, on his description of the Moon’s surface
SOURCE: CBS News
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