Throwback Thursday: Apollo 8’s Christmas Eve Message

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MYSTERY WIRE (NASA) — Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968.

That evening, the astronauts–Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders–held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft.

They ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis.

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