Only 12 guys have ever walked on the moon.
If you don’t know each and every one of their names
you should learn them.
“ Looking back, it sometimes seems unreal because we quit. We decided to stay home… It’s as if Kennedy reached out into the 21st century, grabbed a decade of time, slipped it neatly into the 1960s and 1970s, and called it Apollo. We went to the moon. Then we came home and here we are. We’re still home. ”
“ I don’t think we know, I don’t think we truly understand the significance of what we did in the 20th century by going to the Moon, so it may take another 50 or 100 years before we do. ”
“ We can ill afford the expense of an Apollo on steroids, as a former NASA Administrator referred to the Ares/Orion program. A lesser President might have waited until after the upcoming election cycle, not caring that billions more dollars would be wasted. It was disappointing to see how many in Congress did not possess this courage. One senator in particular was determined to achieve a new altitude record in hypocrisy, claiming that the public option was bad in healthcare, but good in space! ”
This photograph was captured by William Anders three days into the Apollo 8 mission, on December 24, 1968 (Apollo 8 was the first manned NASA voyage to leave Earth’s orbit). Along with The Blue Marble, Earthrise is one of the most famous, reproduced photos of the Earth.
It is in fact the front cover of Life magazine’s 100 Photographs that Changed the World, where it is described as “the most influential environmental photograph ever taken”. The image of a half-illuminated blue globe, seemingly untainted, had a deep impact on many people and possibly inspired the celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970.
December 24, 1968: The Apollo 8 Genesis reading.
“‘We are now approaching lunar sunrise and, for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message that we would like to send to you.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.’
‘And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.’
‘And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
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.’”
At the time, the Christmas Eve Apollo 8 Genesis reading was the most-watched television broadcast ever. The broadcast itself won an Emmy, while the crew of Apollo 8 were chosen by TIME as its “Men of the Year”. Bill Anders, the crewman who had snapped “Earthrise”, described the reading as
“not so much a religious reading, but more of a significant statement, that not just Christians and Jews would understand, but that all people, Buddhist, Hindu or atheist would react to in a deep and moving way to help them remember this event of exploration.”