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Twas the night before Christmas and 44 years ago Apollo 8 had a message.

24 Dec 2012, 21:58 UTC
Twas the night before Christmas and 44 years ago Apollo 8 had a message.
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Larry Klaes forwarded Roger Launius's blog for today. Let me point you in that direction as well.- LRK ------------------------http://launiusr.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/44-years-ago-today-apollo-8s-historic-broadcast-from-the-moon-on-christmas-eve-in-1968/44 Years Ago Today: Apollo 8′s Historic Broadcast from the Moon on Christmas Eve in 1968Posted on December 24, 2012"Earthrise," one of the most powerful and iconic images from the Apollo program, was taken in December 1968 during the Apollo 8 mission. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the first lunar orbit. Used as a symbol of the planet's fragility, it juxtaposes the grey, lifeless Moon in the foreground with the blue and white Earth teeming with life hanging in the blackness of space.Hard to believe, it was 44 years ago today that the crew of Apollo 8 made their historic broadcast from the Moon on Christmas Eve in 1968. Launched on December 21, 1968, astronauts Frank Borman, James A. Lovell, Jr., and William A. Anders became the first human beings to venture beyond low Earth orbit and visit another world. The Apollo 8 crew rode inside the command module, with no lunar lander attached. They were the first astronauts to be launched by the Saturn V, which had ...

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