It's an astronaut story we've never heard before—not one of the wonder and awe, but a pragmatist's view of the discomfort of space travel and the desolation of the moon.
That's Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman's story as he recently told it to This American Life's David Kestenbaum in a segment called "So Over the Moon." Kestenbaum was curious to talk to Borman about his experience after viewing filmmaker Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee's short documentary Earthrise about the Apollo 8's first mission to the moon in December 1968 and the now famous (but unplanned) photo of the same name.
As Kestenbaum tells it, it was Vaughan-Lee's raw footage (not used in the documentary) that drove his interest in Borman:
Emmanuel had done these very long, multi-day interviews with each of the three astronauts. He sent me raw recordings. And listening through, I heard something I was not expecting at all.
One of the astronauts, Frank Borman, was saying things I had just never heard an astronaut say.