Apollo 8’s Christmas message to the world

1968 was a terrible year.

America was politically divided: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy had been assassinated; more US troops were dying than ever in the Vietnam War; people were questioning authority and demonstrating in the streets.

Launched on December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 was the second manned U.S. spaceflight mission and the first manned spacecraft to leave low Earth orbit, reach the Moon, orbit it, and return.

On Christmas Eve, NASA instructed the astronauts Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell to say something appropriate during the broadcast, but few knew what they would say. Some 1 billion people in 64 countries were tuning in.

Commander Borman activated a small hand-held TV camera and announced: “This is Apollo 8 coming to you live from the moon.” Viewers were shown what the moon looked like from about 70 miles above the surface.

Borman continued: “We are now approaching lunar sunrise and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.”

This is the message.

~Eowyn

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greenworxx

Beautiful…….Thank you, Dr. Eowyn. Christmas blessings to our FOTM family.

sixbunnies
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sixbunnies

Beautiful! Such a moving expression of faith in our God.

DCG
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Breathtaking!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Dr Eowyn . . . . that was a wonderful thought to bring to us this Christmas day. The message they sent out to all the world is as pertinent today, as it was back then.

Steven Broiles
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Borman, Anders and Lovell made history in being the first human beings to go to the Moon. Make no mistake: They went to the Moon—they just didn’t walk on it. And in their Christmas message to the World, they roused real hope in millions of people. They redeemed what had turned out to be a miserable year. (Broadcast on Dec. 24, 1968, monk-writer Thomas Merton had died just two weeks before. This matters to me, for it has just been released this year that Fr. Merton was assassinated with a machete or cleaver to the back of the skull. Fr.… Read more »

TrailDust
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I will never forget that broadcast in 1968. It was stunning. And coming as America’s greatest scientific triumph to date, it was jarring to hear the astronauts read the creation account from the book of Genesis. I was still in public school, and had been subjected to years of science teachers bashing my Christian faith, declaring the Bible, especially the creation account in Genesis, to be proven wrong. Happily, since that time, many studies have left Charles Darwin’s theory and those of his later apologists debunked and shredded. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the… Read more »

Stephen T. McCarthy
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Yeah, sure.
(Dream on…)

~ D-FensDogG @ Ferret-Faced Fascist Friends