APOLLO 8 LUNAR CHART"IN THE BEGINNING...."
THE FIRST MEN IN LUNAR ORBIT READ FROM GENESIS.
Apollo Target of Opportunity Flight Chart (ATO), Apollo Mission 8, 21 December 1968 Launch Date. Aeronautical Chart and Information Center of the USAF for NASA. Part number SKB 32100097-301. First edition, December 2, 1968. 14 x 58 inches. Scale 1:7,500,000. A full line plot of the median lunar orbit ground track is shown in red. Near side and far side lunar shadow terminator areas have line marker ticks plotted perpendicular to the spacecraft orbital path. The limit of earth shine is plotted near the 75W longitude spot.
Identical to the chart issued to Frank Borman, William Anders, and James Lovell for the flight - having the SKB 32100097-301 part number printed inside a legend block. That block has either circular or triangular symbol indicators with nine different colors defining either a 250mm or 80mm single frame photography targets. There are over 50 numbered photographic targets plotted. An important task for this 10-orbit lunar mission was to photograph possible future Apollo landing sites and areas of scientific interest.
INSCRIBED and SIGNED: "In The Beginning..., JAMES LOVELL, Apollo 8, December 1968." This inscription references the Apollo 8 crew's reading from the Book of Genesis during Christmas Eve in 1968 while in lunar orbit.