When the history of human spaceflight in the 20th century is finally, fully written, it will not be the triumphant lunar landing of Apollo 11 or the survival drama of Apollo 13, that emerges as the most significant of them all. It will be Apollo 8, the first lunar orbital mission — the moment human beings became a two-world species, wrenching ourselves away from the gravitational hold of Earth and sailing across the deep waters of deep space.
The aim of this project is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission, to capture the achievements of mankind, and showcase the wonders of space travel through typographic means. The project hopes to bring the history and inspiration of the Apollo missions to younger generations who didn’t get to witness these historic moments first hand.
This project focuses on the technical and human aspect of space travel, the data and science behind the missions. What is truly fascinating about the Apollo missions is that technology was advanced enough 50 years ago to send men to the Moon and return them safely back to Earth. By referencing the style and visual language used throughout NASA official documentation at the time of the Apollo 8 Mission, the project aims to show the beauty in the technical side of the mission. The book is a scale representation of the distance from Earth to the Moon. The book is five metres long when folded out which is the relative distance from the Earth to the Moon if the Earth was 165mm in diameter.