Apollo 8 had been scheduled to test the Lunar Module in Earth orbit, but it was not ready to fly. So the schedule was juggled and William Anders, James Lovell and Frank Borman became the first astronauts to ride the gigantic Saturn V booster into space on board the Apollo Spacecraft 103 Command Module. Their mission was to break the grip of Earth gravity and to fly around the Moon and back.
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