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12/25/2009

For All the People Back on Earth

Filed under: General — Andy @ 12:01 am

If you’re old enough (well, not that old), odds are that you watched this live, or at some point. In what, as far as I can tell, was the first human non-terrestrial Christmas greeting, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and William Anders, after noting the lonely view below, read off Genesis 1:1-10, then,

“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.”

And, of course, for anyone who has been persuaded otherwise, just under three hours later, after performing the Trans-Earth Injection on the far side of the moon, Lovell reported back, “Please be informed, there is a Santa Claus.” (Houston / Mattingly accepted the information, saying, “That’s affirmative. You’re the best ones to know.”)

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