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[i]Prior to the proposal of a lunar mission profile for Apollo 8, the crew training was oriented to an earth orbital rendezvous mission using a command and service module and a lunar module. On August 10, 1968, the crew was first informed that a lunar orbit flight was under consideration. On August 19, 1968, the crew was notified of a change in mission assignments and was instructed to train for a new mission having circumlunar and lunar-orbit options, using a command and service module only. The results of the Apollo 7 mission would determine whether the Apollo 8 mission would be a lunar orbital, circumlunar, or earth-orbital mission. An immediate decision was made to concentrate all crew training on the lunar orbital mission, the most difficult of the three profiles and the one least covered by previous training. Most of the mission guidelines, including launch day, time in lunar orbit, and overall mission time, were determined in late August.
The Apollo 8 crew was assigned Command Module Simulator 3 at Cape Kennedy, and the first simulation exercise for the mission was conducted there on September 9, 1968. The normal training week through November consisted of 3 or 4 days at Cape Kennedy and the remainder of the 6-day work week at Houston attending meetings or using Houston-based simulators.[/i] [/B][/QUOTE]
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