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Christmas Eve Image of Earth from Apollo 8

Robert A. Jones

November 26, 2013

Christmas Eve Image of Earth from Apollo 8

I was working at JSC the night Apollo 8 went behind the moon. Our computers were receiving real time data from the space craft and the computer lights all stopped blinking at LOS. We had to wait about 10 minutes holding our breath until the space craft finally emerged on the other side of the moon and our computer's lights started blinking again. The photo of earth taken during that mission and the reading from the bible by the astronauts are burned forever in my memory... "The historic live broadcast made by the crew of Apollo 8 while they were in lunar orbit on Christmas Eve 1968, when they each took turns to read from the book of Genesis. . William A. Anders: We are now approaching lunar sunrise. And, for all the people back on earth, the crew of Apollo 8 have a message that we would like to send to you: . ''In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light, and God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.'' . James A. Lovell, Jr.: ''And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters, and God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven, And the evening and the morning were the second day.'' . Frank Borman: ''And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.'' . And 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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