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Five Apollo 8 Technological Breakthroughs

From its engine to its computer, the Apollo 8 spacecraft—and its mission—marked a revolution in spaceflight.

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The Apollo 8 mission in 1968 marked the first time in human history that people left Earth’s orbit. While it didn’t land on the moon, it made the Apollo 11 landing the following year possible by testing key technologies to reach the moon. A giant rocket, a redesigned spacecraft, and a revolutionary new computer helped complete the 500,000-mile round trip from the Earth to the moon and back.

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