1968 saw the planet Earth in a bit of a mess. Parts of Asia were in flames, Martin Luther King had been assassinated, & many cities had been torn apart by rioting. However, if you remember watching the HBO miniseries series: ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ (1998) Apollo 8’s accomplishment of being the first manned mission to orbit our moon…. ‘Saved 1968’.
The clip above is from NASA & records the moment Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders take it in turns to recite Genesis Chapter 1, verses 1 to 10 during the Lunar sunrise on Christmas Eve 1968 to live T.V. audience some 1/4 million miles away. But perhaps even surpassing these 3 astronauts unwrapping the moon live on Xmas Eve was the photograph taken earlier that day on their 4th orbit of the Moon. With no T.V. camera or mission control watching, the iconic ‘Earthrise’ photo was taken. A photo that perhaps launched the environmental movement.