Apollo 8 – The 40th Anniversary

Most of you who read this blog regularly know that I am a huge fan of the space program. This year is the 40th anniversary of Apollo 8, the flight that was the first to send people to the moon. Of course, they didn’t land (that was the job of Apollo 11) but they were the first men to orbit the moon and took the famous picture of the earth rise. (Below)

This afternoon, I was lucky enough to attend a panel at the Newseum (the museum for news in Washington, DC) hosted by Nick Clooney, which included the three astronauts of Apollo 8: Mission Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot Bill Anders. (Apollo 8 was the mission in which the astronauts orbited the moon on Christmas Eve and read from Genesis.) The panel was televised live on the NASA channel and will probably be reaired multiple times on other channels.

The Apollo 8 crew before their historic mission – From L to R: Frank Borman, Bill Anders, Jim Lovell

The Apollo 8 crew today (From L to R: Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders):

The stage:

Frank Borman:

Jim Lovell (of Apollo 13 fame):

Bill Anders:


  1. My husband will be so jealous when I tell him you got to go to this!

  2. Good for you Swapna. I’m not the buff you are on the space stuff but I do find it really interesting.

  3. That’s great that you got to attend this panel. This must have been a wonderful experience for you.

  4. Wow, that is really cool! I’d be too afraid to go into space myself, but I admire very much those who have done so.

  5. Very cool! Thanks for sharing that with us.

  6. How great that you could get in to see this! Was the panel interesting? It must have been awesome just to be in the same room as these men.

  7. dawn: It really was incredibly interesting, plus they were great – absolutely hilarious! I could tell that they were really, genuinely fond of one another.

  8. Awesome ~~!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering if the Borman, Lovell and Anders discussed the Genesis reading. From the videos that I have watched from the Newseum, and also the San Diego meeting they don’t appear to discuss it. Was that an editing job.

    Larry D.

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