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Former Apollo 8 astronaut marks anniversary of 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast to Earth

Former Apollo 8 astronaut marks anniversary of 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast to Earth

December 26, 2013 - An astronaut who was aboard the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon is marking the mission's 45th anniversary in front of a piece of the actual spacecraft.

Retired Captain James Lovell Jr. re-enacted the Apollo 8's live Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. During that broadcast, astronauts read verses of Genesis from the Bible.

On Monday, Lovell and several high school students took turns reading in front of an Apollo 8 module that's housed at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.


Lovell says they chose Genesis because it's central to three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam.



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Apollo 8 astronaut marks 1968 broadcast to earth

CHICAGO (AP) - An astronaut who was aboard the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon is marking the mission's 45th anniversary in front of a piece of the actual spacecraft. Retired Captain James Lovell Jr. re-enacted the Apollo 8's live Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. During that broadcast, astronauts read verses of Genesis from the Bible.

45th anniversary of Apollo 8 Christmas Eve message marked

Standing by a part of the Apollo 8 spacecraft he once rode, retired astronaut James Lovell on Monday read the 1968 Christmastime broadcast from the day he and two others became the first humans to orbit the moon. Lovell marked the 45th anniversary of the orbit and the famous broadcast a day early with a Continue reading Left to right, are James...

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( via foxnews.com )



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