Christmas Eve 1968

Christmas Eve, 1968. Apollo 8 astronauts – Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders – the first humans to orbit another world, offered their message to the largest audience that had ever listened to a human voice. “And the only instructions that we got from NASA was to do something appropriate” recalls Borman.

As their command module floated above the lunar surface, the astronauts beamed back images of the moon and Earth and took turns reading from the book of Genesis, closing with a wish for everyone “on the good Earth.”