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Apollo 8 Astronaut Re-Creates 1968 Christmas Broadcast To Earth 152

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Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "AP reports that standing by a part of the Apollo 8 spacecraft he once rode, retired astronaut James Lovell read the 1968 Christmastime broadcast from the day he and two others became the first humans to orbit the moon marking the 45th anniversary of the orbit and the famous broadcast. 'The idea of bringing people together by a flight to the moon where we encompassed everybody in our thoughts is still very valid today,' says Lovell. 'The words that we read are very appropriate.' Millions tuned in on Dec. 24, 1968, when Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Lovell circled the moon. A television camera on board took footage of the crater-filled surface as the astronauts read Bible verses describing the creation of Earth. They circled 10 times and began reading from the Book of Genesis on the last orbit. 'It's a foundation of Christianity, Judaism and Islam,' Lovell said of choosing Genesis. 'It is the foundation of most of the world's religions. ... They all had that basis of the Old Testament.' Lovell says at the time the astronauts weren't sure who would be listening and how the broadcast would be taken. The famous "Earthrise" photo was also taken during the mission. Lovell closed with the same message the astronauts did in 1968. 'From the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth.'"
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Apollo 8 Astronaut Re-Creates 1968 Christmas Broadcast To Earth

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  • by Mister Liberty (769145) on Wednesday December 25, 2013 @10:26PM (#45785211)

    You can ask many a thirtysomething and younger nowadays, and even some fourtysomething, "Did humans
    walk on the moon in your lifetime" and most will know the answer and some will respond "Did they ever?".

    Yet these are the millions going down the street heads down, ears cupped, submerged into their own lives (and
    thousands of so called 'friends' waiting to hear if the corner they rounded just now was to the left or right), these
    lives totally and entirely framed within some 4x3 illumination.

  • Re:Profound moments (Score:4, Interesting)

    by MachineShedFred (621896) on Thursday December 26, 2013 @08:38AM (#45787049) Journal

    Part of the reason they didn't do it when they made the landing, was because of all the hell (read: lawsuit from an atheist) that NASA caught from this reading on Apollo 8. Buzz Aldrin was (is) a deeply religious man, and observed communion [] in the LM after landing on the moon, after making this comment on the public radio loop:

    "This is the LM pilot. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening in, whoever and wherever they may be, to pause for a moment and contemplate the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way."

    He wanted the communion to be broadcast, but had the sense to ask first, and due to the lawsuit it was deemed to not be a good idea.

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