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1968


January 9
Surveyor 7 lands on the Moon and returns images of the surface.

 

March 1
At the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the establishment of the Lunar Science Institute, to be operated by the Rice Institute and the National Academy of Science.

 

September 14
Apollo 7 is launched into Earth orbit.


October 1
The Lunar Science Institute is formally established by NASA contract with the National Academy of Science.

 

October 31
William W. Rubey is named as the first Director of the Lunar Science Institute.

December 21

Apollo 8, the first crewed flight to circumnaviate the Moon, launches with crew members Frank Borman, James Lovell, Jr., and William Anders.

Houston Post article - LBJ Visits MSC, Tells of Lunar Institute Aims Apollo 8 crew President Lyndon B. Johnson announces the establishment of the LSI William W. Rubey Surveyor 7 panorama outside Tycho crater