Christmas in Space: Apollo 8's 1968 Lunar Mission

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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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Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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