Frank drew the short straw.

Frank drew the short straw.


"Well, we have a couple of sourpusses in our group, too!"

 - Frank, joking, when asked whether all astronauts have a sense of humor.
Photo of Groups 1 and 2 eating geckos and other non-bunny items during Panama survival training/Frank’s cookery class. 

"Well, we have a couple of sourpusses in our group, too!"

 - Frank, joking, when asked whether all astronauts have a sense of humor.

Photo of Groups 1 and 2 eating geckos and other non-bunny items during Panama survival training/Frank’s cookery class. 

One for Frankaficionados (anyone else out there? ;-)), but here’s a great little video from 1998 of Frank just completely geeking out over his new P-63 Kingcobra.

He does mention NASA towards the end to say that credit was due to all 400,000 employees rather than just the men flying the machines, but I can’t imagine he was ever this excited about the Gemini capsule. ;-)


"Well, when we didn’t have anything to do, we flew the spacecraft for enjoyment. The rocket blast returning us to earth was slightly stimulating. And the re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, when we had but a two-degree tolerance, was a moderately interesting part of the trip. At that time, we only had three hours of oxygen left. If we had exceeded or underestimated the entry angle, we’d had gone into orbit for three weeks or broken up. That would have been slightly inconvenient."

 - Frank’s deadpan response when asked during a Q&A what Apollo 8 did for ‘excitement’ on the mission.

"Well, when we didn’t have anything to do, we flew the spacecraft for enjoyment. The rocket blast returning us to earth was slightly stimulating. And the re-entry into the earth’s atmosphere, when we had but a two-degree tolerance, was a moderately interesting part of the trip. At that time, we only had three hours of oxygen left. If we had exceeded or underestimated the entry angle, we’d had gone into orbit for three weeks or broken up. That would have been slightly inconvenient."

 - Frank’s deadpan response when asked during a Q&A what Apollo 8 did for ‘excitement’ on the mission.

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Apollo 8

The first men headed for the Moon walk through the Manned Spacecraft Operations Building at Kennedy Space Center on the way to the transfer van that will take them to launch pad 39A. Apollo 8 mission commander Frank Borman is followed by Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, each carrying portable…

Frank’s totally got his game face on.

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Be aware that it may not be up for very long, but I’ve just found that British 1966 Man in Space program on YT, featuring Frank, Walt and some other familiar faces. Good watch for 40 minutes!

senior-crown:

thewoodlanders I’m not sure if Frank would have approved of this.

That’s awesome! Although, you know, it’s over water.;-)

senior-crown:

thewoodlanders I’m not sure if Frank would have approved of this.

That’s awesome! Although, you know, it’s over water.;-)

They mock each other continuously, but really, they’re life-long bros.

They mock each other continuously, but really, they’re life-long bros.

10 Jan 1969: Apollo 8 road trip. The two on the right are Thelma and Louise.

10 Jan 1969: Apollo 8 road trip. The two on the right are Thelma and Louise.

Bringing in the weekend with the Apollo 8 boys prepping for an interview in San Diego, 2008.

Bringing in the weekend with the Apollo 8 boys prepping for an interview in San Diego, 2008.