Apollo 8: A Story of Christmas Around the Moon


50 years ago, three NASA astronauts embarked on a journey that would take them β€œRound the moon and back”. The Apollo 8 mission proved the performance of the command and service module. This historic mission launched on December 21, 1968 to demonstrate a lunar trajectory and was the first manned launch of the Saturn V rocket. On Christmas Eve, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders were the first humans to orbit the Moon and the first to see an Earthrise above its surface. NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine remembers the bravery and dedication of the Apollo 8 mission.

This video is available for download from NASA’s Image and Video Library: https://images.nasa.gov/details-NHQ_20181211_Apollo%208_Bridenstine_FINAL.html

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  1. Ahem, NASA. I don't expect you to follow my own philosophies. However, as an aspiring President Of the United States of America, I would like to share with you my own personal opinion. Religions are a little bit like … underpants. A lot of people use underpants, they wear them, they collect them, what-have-you. But one thing many people avoid is talking about or sharing their underpants. If you asked me, en confided, I would certainly tell you about my underpants as well as my own spirituality or just one and or the other… Please stop sharing your religion with me. I love your content about space exploration and the United States of America's future in space and our history in space. I have my own spirituality I wear it with pride but it's private and sacred to me. Thanks for taking the time to read and understand what I have to say. I'm willing to tolerate your own shortcomings but I would enjoy it much more if your content was less personal in the spiritual aspects.

    Sincerely, your future President of the United States of America,
    Dylan K.C. Childs

  2. Im a kid from panama i have 11 years when i am an adult i want to work in nasa i spent time see videos of space i love see these type of videos i want to work here. Is my dream

  3. Some may say religion is stupid, or god is not real, but honestly, religion is there to inspire us, to feel safe that someone is keeping us safe. That's true religion, it gives you power to be brave and achieve the unachieveable!

  4. "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." So ended the TV broadcast, 50 years ago, of the first three humans to orbit the Moon. 1968 had been a turbulent year, filled with anti vietnam riots, and the assasinations of M.L. King and Robert Kennedy. As that turbulent year was winding to a close, three astronauts had ventured to orbit our most prominent night light to show what we could accomplish united under one flag. They looked back from the barren landscape of the Moon to the whole extent of human history that they could now cover with their thumb, the Earth. As they did this, they recalled the words of the Lord pertaining to the creation of that small dot. They began to read them on live television to an estimated audience of 3 billion. The words of the scripture even reached the then U.S.S.R. where Christmas was illegal. Fifty years later, let us not forget the God who created all things and declared them "good". And from my second favorite Christmas Story I wish you a "good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth."
    Merry Christmas Everyone

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