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Fly me to the Moon...

Just before Christmas in 1968 – a year marked by assassinations, revolution and discord – Apollo 8 gave the world something it desperately needed: hope for the future. Fifty years ago, astronauts Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell became the first men to escape the clutches of Earth’s gravity and journey to the Moon – and in doing so, stole a march on the Soviets in the Space Race. It was an out-of-this-world mission, hatched amid setbacks and failures, shaped by the wider tensions of the Cold War. Apollo historian David Woods picks up the story on page 42.

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Fifty years ago, astronauts Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell became the first men to escape the clutches of Earth's gravity and journey to the Moon - and in doing so, stole a march on the Soviets in the Space Race. Discover how this mission, hatched amid setbacks and failures, and shaped by the wider tensions of the Cold War, gave the US something to hope for after the trauma of 1968. Plus: History's greatest coincidences, what happened to fallen French emperor Napoleon after the Battle of Waterloo, the value of Britain's battlefields, why King James VI and I was obsessed with witch hunting, and more.