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The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast


  The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Broadcast


Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, entered lunar orbit on 
Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts; 
Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar 
Module Pilot William Anders did a live television broadcast from lunar 
orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon seen from 
Apollo 8. Lovell said, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it 
makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." They ended 
the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis.

William Anders:

"For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would 
like to send you".

/ "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face 
of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, 
Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from 
the darkness."

Jim Lovell:

/ "And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And 
the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and 
let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the 
firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning 
were the second day."

Frank Borman:

/ "And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together 
unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the 
waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good."

Borman then added, "And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good 
night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you - all of 
you on the good Earth."
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