December 24, 2010
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. Said Lovell, "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.
Topics: Religion Belief, Environment, Earthrise, Apollo 8, Apollo program, NASA Astronaut Group 3, William Anders, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, Apollo Lunar Module, Moon landing, Lunar orbit