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Apollo 8 Mission Operation Report

Apollo 8 Mission Operation Report

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NASA mission operation Report for Apollo 8
NASA mission operation Report for Apollo 8

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Published by: Bob Andrepont on Nov 27, 2010
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Pre- Launch Mission Operation Report No. M-932-68-08 MEMORANDUM To: A/Acting Administrator
From: MA/Apollo Program Director Subject: Apollo 8 Mission (AS-503) No earlier than 21 December 1968, we plan to launch the next Apollo/Saturn V mission, Apollo 8. This will be the first manned Saturn V flight, the second flight of a manned Apollo spacecraft and the first manned Apollo flight to the lunar vicinity. The purpose of this mission is to demonstrate: crew/space vehicle/mission support facilities performance during a manned Saturn V mission with CSM, and performance of nominal and selected backup lunar orbital mission activities including translunar injection, CSM navigation, communications and midcourse corrections, and CSM consumables assessment and passive thermal control. Mission duration is planned for approximately six days and three hours. The launch will be the third Saturn V from.Launch Complex 39 at Kennedy Space Center. The launch window opens at 7~51 EST 21 December and closes for December at 18:20 EST 27 December, Daily windows during this period vary in duration from 4-l/2 hours to approximately l-1/2 hours. The nominal mission will comprise: ascent to parking orbit; translunar injection by the S-IVB; CSM separation from S-IVB; translunar coast with required midcourse corrections; lunar orbit insertion and circularization; up to 10 lunar orbits; transearth injection, transearth coast and required midcourse corrections; reentry and splashdown. Recovery will be in the Pacific recovery area with exact location dependent on launch conditions. Apollo Program Director APPROVAL: /associate Administrator for / Manned Space Flight
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Report No. M-932-68-08
Prepared by: Apollo Program Office - MAO FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY
FOREWORD . . . MISSION OPERATION REPORTS are published expressly for the use of NASA Senior Management, as required by the Administrator in NASA Instruction 6-2-10, dated August 15, 1963. The purpose of these reports is to provide NASA Senior Manage- ment with timely, complete, and definitive information on flight mission plans, and to establish official mission objectives which provide the basis for assessment of mission accompl ishment . Initial reports are prepared and issued for each flight project just prior to launch. Following launch, updating reports for each mission are issued to keep General Management currently informed of definitive mission results as provided in NASA Instruction 6-2-10. Because of their sometimes highly technical orientation, distribution of these reports is limited to personnel having progmm-project management responsibilities. The Office of Public Affairs publishes a comprehensive series of pre-launch andpost- launch reports on NASA flight missions, which are available for general distribution. Published and Distributed by PROGRAM and SPECIAL REPORTS DIVISION (XP) EXECUTIVE SECRETARIAT - NASA HEADQUARTERS

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