Monday, November 27, 2006

Merry Christmas from the Moon

If you have yet to begin your celebration of the holy season of Christmas, let this stirring moment from December 24, 1968, help get your spirit soaring. On that inspiring night, the first manned mission to the Moon, Apollo 8, entered lunar orbit.

That evening, astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders made a live television broadcast in which they showed pictures of the Earth and Moon seen from their ship. As they broadcast live pictures of a lunar sunrise, Lovell said, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth."

Then, the brave men concluded their message to earth by taking turns reading from the book of Genesis. Here is the Quicktime movie and audio of those concluding remarks.