Tonight, I played with my family a game of Bezzerwizzer, a fun, although occasionally very easy, trivia board game. My mother received the question of “Which manned spacecraft was the first to go to the moon?” She answered correctly with Apollo 11, and after a brief discussion over the fact that the Apollo 11 was the mission not the spacecraft (Columbia and Eagle) we got into a new argument.
My father and I argued that Apollo 8, by going and orbiting the Moon were the first ones there. Key points: “You don’t have to get in the water to say you’ve been in the ocean,” and “If anyone asked where Apollo 8 was at the time, you would say they were at the moon.”
My sister and mother argued that since they didn’t land, Apollo 11 was the first to go to the moon. Key point: “You wouldn’t fly from New York to California and say you’ve been to all the states you flew over.”
So what say you Dopers? Settle this now before it turns into a feud that will tear us apart (or we forget until we play again next Christmas). And yes, I know we sent probes there first, I’m ignoring those.