Frank Borman

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Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.

Frank Frederick Borman, II (born 14 March 1928) is a retired NASA astronaut and engineer, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, making him, along with fellow crew mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first of only 24 humans to do so. He was also the chief executive officer of Eastern Air Lines from 1975 to 1986. He is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.


This must be what God sees. I was absolutely awestruck
  • "When you're finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you're going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people."
    • Listed online as an interview in Newsweek magazine, 23 December 1968
  • "God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."
    And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.
  • A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid situations which require the use of his superior skill.

Countdown: An Autobiography (1988)[edit]

Co-written with Robert J. Serling
  • There was one more impression we wanted to transmit: our feeling of closeness to the Creator of all things. This was Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, and I handed Jim and Bill their lines from the Holy Scriptures.
    • p. 214
  • This must be what God sees. I was absolutely awestruck, not so much at what we had accomplished but at what made the accomplishment possible. A machine produced by more than three hundred thousand Americans was circling the moon with three human beings aboard for the first time in history.
    • p. 454
  • Long before the moon mission, I had told NASA that Apollo 8 would be my last flight. It was a decision reached after a long talk with Susan, although the decision was strictly mine.
    • p. 222

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