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[i]I flew a T-38 to Houston and walked into Deke's office. I knew something was up when he asked me to close the door.
We just got word from the CIA that the Russians are planning a lunar fly-by before the end of the year," he said. "We want to change Apollo 8 from an earth orbital to a lunar orbital flight. I know that doesn't give us much time, so I have to ask you: Do you want to do it or not?
"Yes," I said promptly.
I found out later that the Soviets were a hell of a lot closer to a manned lunar mission than we would have liked.Only a month after I talked to Slayton the Russians sent an unmanned spacecraft, Zond 5, into lunar orbit and returned it safely to earth.[/i]
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