Wednesday, December 21, 2016

1968: Apollo 8 and a Christmas to remember



Years ago, families actually sat around to watch the NASA missions. In our household, it was a lot of fun to gather around the TV and enjoy an Apollo rocket going into space.

One of my favorites was Apollo 8.

It was a historic mission:

"Apollo 8 was the first manned voyage to achieve a velocity sufficient to allow escape from the gravitational field of planet Earth;

the first to enter the gravitational field of another celestial body;

the first to escape from the gravitational field of another celestial body;

and, the first manned voyage to return to planet Earth from another celestial body"

The Apollo 8 crew was Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders.

They became the first humans to see the far or dark side of the Moon.

They took this amazing picture of the Earth. Who wasn't stunned to see this picture on the cover of the weekly magazines? It certainly put living in our good earth in a little different perspective.

Last, but not least, the crew read from Genesis to everyone back home.

It was indeed great. I recall listening to the Christmas Eve message in my parents' car radio. It took me a while to realize that I was hearing 3 men reading The Good Book from a spaceship circling the moon. It was one of those moment that I will never forget.

Merry Christmas and enjoy this from the past:

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