on this day in 1968 Apollo8 was launched.This was the first "all-up" flight for the Saturn V stack as well as the first time that human beings left the pull of Earth's gravity and the first time humans saw the dark side of... the Moon. Crew was composed of Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. It was a phenomenally exciting time for a 12 year old boy and for almost all of America as well. Today NASA doesn't have any rockets- we rent space from the Russians- nor are we supposed to even mention God in public much less issue a stamp such as this one below. So pardon me if I am somewhat less than convinced that we have progressed all that far in the past 45 years.