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[i]In August 1968, McDivitt's Apollo 8 (first LM manned test flight) and Borman's Apollo 9 (CSM deep space flight) missions were swapped, as preparations for the LM's maiden manned flight were falling behind schedule. The Saturn V for Frank Borman's crew was ready and so were the crew, so Borman actively campaigned for an ambitious flight plan — a Christmas flight to orbit the Moon. After a great deal of discussion, the mission was re-scheduled, and the launch was planned for just before Christmas.[/i]
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