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heng44
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posted 05-13-2006 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

The prime and backup crews for Apollo 8 pose in front of the Saturn V launch vehicle at Cape Kennedy several days before launch in December 1968. Left to right in this composite photo are: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Fred Haise (backup crew); Jim Lovell, Frank Borman and Bill Anders (prime crew).

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posted 05-13-2006 04:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wow, nice one Ed, I had seen the backup crew shot at the pad before but never this one.

Great job as always.

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posted 05-13-2006 06:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Fred Haise sure had an impressive tenure at NASA. He always managed to find himself right in the middle of some epic times.

heng44
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posted 05-13-2006 03:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Andy, note that I said it is a composite. The two crews didn't pose together, but on different nights.

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posted 05-13-2006 03:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Aaaah, I didn't read it properly either! Well it's still a cool image.

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posted 05-13-2006 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for John Youskauskas     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have to admit I've never seen either image before... fantastic!

About the Apollo 8 patch that the backup crew is wearing... would it have their names on it or the prime crew's, or was this done digitally? I don't recall seeing the backup crews wearing the patch of the flight previously.

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posted 05-14-2006 03:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice one Ed. Can you imagine getting the photo signed by anyone of the crew, and getting them thinking I'm sure there was just the three of us posing that night?

heng44
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posted 05-14-2006 09:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The backup crew is wearing the regular mission patch with the names Borman, Lovell and Anders.

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posted 05-14-2006 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've always had some interest in how the names on a mission patch would have been handled by a last minute substition. The one time it happened (Mattingly on Apollo 13) it wasn't a problem since there were no crew names on the prime crew patch.

What would they have done if Borman had gotten sick at the last minute and NASA decided that they really needed to hit that December launch window to salvage a landing by the end of 1969? Would Armstrong have flown with a patch that said Borman? Or was there a backup patch somewhere just waiting to be sewn on?

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posted 12-23-2018 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by heng44:
The two crews didn't pose together, but on different nights.

The prime and backup crews are posing together in this Apollo 8 image, which does not look like a composite.

What is the photo number of this image, which has just about everything: the prime crew, the backup crew, the launch vehicle and the moon?

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posted 12-23-2018 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I must admit I don't quite understand my 2006 answer. There is a whole series of photos of the two crews posing seperately or together. Numbers are 108-KSC-68C-8005 through 108-KSC-68C-8019. The one you linked to is 108-KSC-68C-8017.

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posted 12-23-2018 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LM-12     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that, Ed.

The photo is dated December 1, 1968. The time is about 11:15 on the watches.

In the backup crew photo, it looks like the time might be 11:10 on the watch that Haise is wearing.

Can you read the watch that Borman is wearing in the prime crew photo?

All times are CT (US)

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