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Let’s Remember the Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Moon Mission

Let’s Remember the Anniversary of Apollo 8’s Moon Mission

On December 24th, 1968 the Apollo 8 astronauts—Bill Anders, Frank Borman, and Jim Lovell—became the first humans to ever orbit the moon.

In response to President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 declaration that we would send an American to the moon, NASA made the bold decision to send the Apollo 8 crew into space aboard the huge Saturn V rocket.  The team was launched into space on December 21 and, after orbiting the moon ten times on Christmas Eve, they returned home.  NASA’s mission control waited anxiously to hear whether the rocket would safely re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.  On Christmas morning, astronaut Lovell radioed in to announce their safe arrival as he reported, “”Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus.”  The crew landed safely in the Pacific Ocean on December 27th and they became the first humans ever to visit the moon and return home safely.

In honor of the anniversary of this historic event, we invite you to enjoy these quotes regarding space travel from America’s own astronauts throughout history.


“I think the one overwhelming emotion that we had was when we saw the earth rising in the distance over the lunar landscape… It makes us realize that we all do exist on one small globe. For from 230,000 miles away it really is a small planet.”

— Frank Borman, Commander of Apollo 8


“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

— Neil Armstrong, Apollo Astronaut

“As we got further and further away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally, it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man.”

— James B. Irwin, Apollo Astronaut


“The world itself looks cleaner and so much more beautiful. Maybe we can make it that way—the way God intended it to be—by giving everybody that new perspective from out in space.”

— Roger B Chaffee, NASA Astronaut


“Now I know why I’m here. Not for a closer look at the moon, but to look back at our home, the Earth.”

— Alfred Worden, Apollo Astronaut


“We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth.”

— William Anders, Apollo Astronaut


“The view of the Earth from the Moon fascinated me—a small disk, 240,000 miles away… Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don’t show from that distance.”

-Frank Borman, Commander of Apollo 8

Join us at The Maria Sanchez Show as we remember this monumental day in American history.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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