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Oom pah, pah … oom pah pah … The sound of the calliope is a siren’s call to the little girl. There, in the middle of the big park, the magic ponies go up and down. 11 more words


Apollo 8: Humanity's First Earthrise—and 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.”
– William Anders, Apollo 8 Commander …
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24 Dec : Man entered the moon’s orbit

Landing on the surface of the moon is different from entering its orbit. 

It was today in 1958 that for the first time any human being had left the earth’s orbit and entered moon’s orbit.  87 more words


Apollo 8 Christmas Eve Message to the People of Earth

Bill Anders

“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.

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Apollo 8 Christmas Eve 1968

– NASA Press Release –

Christmas Eve, 1968.

As one of the most turbulent, tragic years in American history drew to a close, millions around the world were watching and listening as the Apollo 8 astronauts — Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders — became the first humans to orbit another world. 288 more words


Earthrise / Christmas

Earthrise, taken aboard Apollo 8 by Bill Anders on 24 December 1968 (NASA photo).

With Christmas coming up, it seems appropriate to post this iconic photograph, taken by Lunar Module Pilot… 291 more words