I'm looking for a resource that will tell me all the important pre-launch events of an Apollo mission from when the rocket rolls out of the VAB to liftoff. Specifically, I'm interested in the Apollo 8 mission. Does anyone know of a book or website or video I can look at with this information?


There's a general, early overview of the operations in Saturn V Apollo Launch Operations Plan. It starts on document page 15.

Stages to Saturn Appendix B has some general summary info as well.

There are detailed post-mission reports for Apollo 8 that go over the countdown to some extent

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(from the mission report)

I've been looking for a detailed Saturn V countdown myself. So far I've only found a Saturn-1B countdown and a Saturn V scrub-turnaround countdown - it's Volume 2 of the countdown documents and I'd sure like to find Volume 1...

  • $\begingroup$ My friend, you've done it! That's as much or more information than I needed. Can't thank you enough. All the best! $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '20 at 0:27
  • $\begingroup$ @EricSchlelein great news! Since you appear to be new to the site, I'll point out that you can mark the answer as accepted by clicking the gray checkmark at the top left of the answer. $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '20 at 0:29
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    $\begingroup$ Done. Thanks again! $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '20 at 0:41
  • $\begingroup$ @EricSchlelein thank you, and welcome to space stack exchange. $\endgroup$ Dec 4 '20 at 1:25

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