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Friday, December 24, 2010

Humankind's First Trek Around the Moon


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.

2 comments:

Nancy Jones said...

I doubt they would have been allowed to read from the Bible in today's politically correct climate. So much has changed in the last 42 years. I miss the simpler times.

JackKennedy said...

It all revolves around what kind of Supreme Court lunar humanity will have on the Moon later in the 21st century- say 2075 or so.

There some thinking about lunar governace. After all, it will be a New World. We will become a two-world system with the human species. Lunar colonists will want their own set of rules and regulations - not Earther ones.