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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Fifty years ago on Christmas Eve, a tumultuous year of assassinations, riots and war drew to a close in heroic and hopeful fashion with the three Apollo 8 astronauts reading from the Book of Genesis on live TV as they orbited the moon.
To this day, that 1968 mission is considered to be NASA's boldest and perhaps most dangerous undertaking. That first voyage by humans to another world set the stage for the still grander Apollo 11 moon landing seven months later.
"Rocket Men" (Random House), by Robert Kurson
The first astronauts to orbit the moon ended their 1968 Christmas Eve television broadcast with a personal message for the people of Earth.
No one knew what the three Apollo 8 astronauts would say — not their worried wives 240,000 miles away nor the buttoned-down NASA engineers who meticulously planned every moment of the high-stakes mission to reach the moon before the Soviets.
From the admiral’s perch of a celebrated World War II aircraft carrier, George “Doc” Wagoner applauded as history’s first three moon men made their big splash.
“It was like seeing a big blossom fall into the ocean,” said Wagoner, 82 of Manistee. “All of a sudden the (space) capsule burst through overcast and all we could see were three giant red and white parachutes. It looked like a blossom.”
These two stories appeared in the Houston Chronicle on Dec. 25, 1968. The headlines and words are reprinted as they ran then.
Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell and William Anders sailed safely toward Mother Earth this Christmas day with a priceless cargo of film and experiences.
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