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Of these, the latter, called the LOR, initially encountered the most resistance from officials. The brainchild of NASA engineer John Houbolt, the LOR required several complex flight maneuvers and two space vehicles, one of which would remain in orbit around the moon, while the other, a much lighter craft, transported two astronauts from lunar orbit to the moon’s surface. After both men were safely back on board the moonlanding vehicle, Houbolt proposed, the craft would blast off from the moon and reconnect with the orbiting vehicle.

And NASA had only seven years to complete it. 33 The first images of Earthrise, showing the luminous Earth rising over the moon, were beamed to Earth by the crew of Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve 1968. The mission’s crew, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, became the first men to orbit the moon, more than 200,000 miles away from Earth. ” —18th-century English navigator Captain James Cook WHEN NASA INITIATED Project Mercury in 1958, the goals of the man-in-space program were threefold: to successfully orbit a manned spacecraft around the Earth; to study man’s ability to function in space and determine the physiological effects on the human body; and to devise a plan to recover both astronauts and space capsules safely.

Some of these men, along with the original Mercury Seven, would first train for missions in the Gemini program. The Gemini project was a spectacular success in every regard. It gave NASA the answers they needed to safely proceed with the Apollo program. Some of Project Gemini’s high points included mission number four—in which Ed White achieved the first walk in space by an American—and the first rendezvous mission, realized by Walter Schirra and Thomas Stafford in Gemini 6 and Frank Borman and Jim Lovell in Gemini 7.

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