Frank Borman

American astronaut

Frank Frederick Borman, II (14 March 1928 - 7 November 2023) was a United States Air Force (USAF) colonel, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, businessman, rancher, and NASA astronaut. He was the commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, and together with crewmates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, became the first of 24 humans to do so, for which he was awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts.
And show us what each one of us can do to set forward the coming of the day of universal peace.


This must be what God sees. I was absolutely awestruck
  • When you're finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you're going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people.
    • An interview in Newsweek magazine (23 December 1968)
  • "God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."
    And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you — all of you on the good Earth.
  • A superior pilot uses his superior judgment to avoid situations which require the use of his superior skill.

Countdown: An Autobiography (1988)

Co-written with Robert J. Serling
  • There was one more impression we wanted to transmit: our feeling of closeness to the Creator of all things. This was Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, and I handed Jim and Bill their lines from the Holy Scriptures.
    • p. 214
  • This must be what God sees. I was absolutely awestruck, not so much at what we had accomplished but at what made the accomplishment possible. A machine produced by more than three hundred thousand Americans was circling the moon with three human beings aboard for the first time in history.
    • p. 454
  • Long before the moon mission, I had told NASA that Apollo 8 would be my last flight. It was a decision reached after a long talk with Susan, although the decision was strictly mine.
    • p. 222

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