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Merry Christmas—from The Moon!

In 1968, that is.  That was the first time that man had ventured beyond LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) and traveled to another celestial body.  To be sure, the crew of Apollo 8, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders never reached deep interplanetary space, but it was still a momentous, daring step to travel to the Moon, circle it 10 times, and return to the Earth.   301 more words


The First Christmas From the Moon

“We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.”
– Bill Anders, Apollo 8…

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Merry Christmas

In the last few days, we’ve talked a bit of St Joseph, and we have commented that we see a lot of him in what we call ‘ordinary Joe’s’. 567 more words


Christmas Eve

The Twelve Days project is about to begin. Over the following twelve days culminating in Epiphany on January 6 we will be providing you with devotional readings, prayers, music, poetry, recipes, craft, and other resources to help you celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ with joy, gladness, and thanksgiving. 194 more words


12 Astronomy Highlights of Christmas

I regularly help out with Astronomy in the City here at the University. Our most recent event was a Christmas special, and we gave a talk on 12 festive highlights covering events past, present and future, somewhat biased towards our research interests. 2,650 more words

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Picture of the Day

On this date in history in 1968, the first humans ever to leave the orbit of Earth took off. Frank Borman, William Anders, and Jim Lovell would spend Christmas orbiting the moon.


Apollo 8 and Orion: "Christmas Miracles"

I really enjoyed reading this great blog post by astronaut Rhea Seddon about the “Christmas Miracle” of Apollo 8, because I was thinking about that very topic two weeks ago today. 245 more words