Category: 1968

December 27, 1968: Apollo 8 comes home. “Reentry, splashdown, acquisition, recovery.”

December 26, 1968 – Planet Earth, seen on television in a transmission from the Apollo 8 spacecraft as it traveled at 6,084 feet per second, 97,000 nautical miles from home.

Apollo 8 roars into space on December 21, 1968.

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.

December 24, 1968: In the Apollo 8 message from space, astronauts read verses from the Book of Genesis, and mission commander Frank Borman closes with Christmas greetings to “all of you on the good Earth.”

Earth and Moon, December 24, 1968, photographed during the Apollo 8 mission. (Stellar Views)

CHRISTMAS MOON – Beautiful views of the surface of the Moon, taken from orbit by Apollo 8 astronauts on December 24, 1968. (NASA)

December 24, 1968 – Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders become the first humans to orbit the Moon, circling the orb ten times.

(NASA)

EARTHRISE ON CHRISTMAS EVE – The Earth rises over the Moon’s horizon, December 24, 1968, photographed from lunar orbit by Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders. (NASA)

“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.”

—Apollo 8 astronaut Frank Borman, December 24, 1968