50 YEARS AGO...
The human being will always be a great explorer
Apollo 8 was the first manned spacecraft to leave Earth orbit, reach the Earth's Moon, orbit it and return safely to Earth.
It took 68 hours (2.8 days) to travel the distance to the Moon. It orbited ten times over the course of 20 hours.
Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission in the United States Apollo space program, was launched on 1968.