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1968 Christmas Eve Broadcast From Space To Be Reenacted On 45th Anniversary

Jim Lovell to reenact the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space

  • Jim Lovell was one of the astronauts from the original 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast

  • 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast to be reenacted at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space

Earthrise photo taken on same mission as 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space
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Millions of people tuned in to watch the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space from the Apollo 8.  Apollo 8 was one of the first space craft to orbit the moon.

Commander Frank Borman, Bill Anders and Jim Lovell took turns reading a passage from the book of Genesis in the Bible.  The United States government was sued by Madalyn Murray O’Hair after this broadcast on grounds of violation of the First Amendment; however the case was dismissed due to lack of jurisdiction.

Jim Lovell is expected to attend an event on Monday at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry to reenact the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space.  The Apollo 8 Command Module is currently located at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

On Christmas Eve, the Apollo 8 circled the moon 10 times.  The famous “Earthrise” photo was captured during this mission.  This mission occurred the year before the U.S. landing and infamous walk on the moon.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to attend Monday’s reenactment of the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space.

The 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space has been used quite a lot in pop culture.  Michael Jackson used a clip in his song “HIStory,”  MGMT used a sample in their song “Come On Christmas,”  and the entire reading is featured in HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon,” among others.

Here is the 1968 Christmas Eve broadcast from space in its entirety:

Bill Anders

“We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.

‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.

And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.'”

Jim Lovell

“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”

Frank Borman

“‘And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.’

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.”

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