S68-49389

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Artist Statement

In S68-49389, taken over two months before the launch of Apollo 8, the spacecraft (atop the Saturn V rocket) is slowly, carefully being transported from the Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Pad A, Launch Complex 39, a three-mile journey. Over the course of the next two months, the spacecraft would undergo a series of tests, which continued until the day before the launch. Although it was the second crewed mission in the Apollo space program, Apollo 8 produced a series of awe-inspiring firsts, and it helped pave the way for subsequent missions, including the Moon landing. Many challenges faced the crew and its mission: an accelerated schedule, which left the astronauts less time to train and prepare; ruptured fuel lines and bad igniter lines, which were fixed a mere three days before the scheduled launch; and a success rate that the crew themselves thought was only fifty-fifty. Despite all this, the Apollo 8 astronauts became the first humans to travel beyond low Earth orbit; the first to be captured by (and then escape) the gravitational field of another celestial body; the first to see Earth as a whole planet and the first to directly see the far side of the Moon. While orbiting the Moon, the crew also became the first humans to witness (and photograph) Earthrise.

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+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Signed + numbered certificate of authenticity included
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available

Our quoted dimensions are for the size of paper containing the images, not the printed image itself. We do not alter the aspect ratio, nor do we crop or resize the artists’ originals. All of our prints have a minimum border of .5 inches to allow for framing.

Space Editions

We're unabashedly into outer space: romantic notions of the great unknown, iconic and uplifting moments in history, how it shapes our vision of the future. These editions are the intersection of art and science, and it's a sight for sore eyes. Blast off into our curated collection of images from the NASA archive.
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