By the Light of the Moon
Chapter 10 of 12 · All · First · Last

Chapters 32-33

By Curtis C. Chen
Jul 18, 2019 · 3,347 words · 13 minutes

From the author: Valerie has an epiphany. Bill feels tired.


It took two days for Apollo 8 to travel back to Earth. After its tenth lunar orbit, when it fired the SPS engine again for the trans-Earth injection (TEI) burn which would break them free of lunar orbit, it emerged from the dark side of the moon on course for home.

“Please be informed there is a Santa Claus,” Lovell said over the radio. It was Christmas Day, and he was making a joke in reference to Frank Borman’s incessant worrying about the hypergolics not igniting correctly. He had...

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