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Apollo 8 moon explorers come home

The Apollo 8 moon explorers came home from the heavens to-day [December 27], blazing back through the earth’s atmosphere to a parachute landing in a darkened Pacific Ocean. America’s newest space heroes ended man’s greatest space adventure and one of history’s most momentous explorations when their six-tonne spaceship dropped into a gently rolling sea about 1,700 km. (1,100 miles) south-west of Hawaii. The landing was almost pinpoint — an estimated 4,800 metres (5,000 yards) from the main recovery carrier, the Yorktown. Mission control said the Yorktown had confirmed the 4,800-metre distance and that the ship reported receiving radio messages from the astronauts as they bobbed in the water.

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