On Christmas Eve 1968, the crew of the Apollo 8 spacecraft took this picture – known as “Earth Rise” – while orbiting the moon.  During the mission, the crew read the first 10 verses from the book of Genesis over a live television broadcast. When Commander Frank Borman signed off, he said:

“We close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless you all — all of you on the good Earth.”

EarthRise

Merry Christmas

Mitakuye Oyasin

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