Christmas in Space: Apollo 8's 1968 Lunar Mission

By Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg

Apollo 8's astronauts celebrated Christmas in space during the mission that set the groundwork for Apollo 11. Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders orbited the Moon in December of 1968 and witnessed the first Earthrise in human history. Looking back at the tiny blue planet rising over the Moon's horizon, one astronaut said, "The vast loneliness up here on the moon is awe-inspiring, and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." This is an excerpt from NASA's 20-minute 1969 documentary, Apollo 8: Go for TLI (Trans-Lunar Insertion), which can be watched in its entirety at the Internet Archive

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