First Step on the Moon[1] Photographer: NASA
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Description On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968, Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit.

That evening, the astronauts, Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders held a live broadcast from lunar orbit, in which they showed pictures of the Earth and moon as seen from their spacecraft.

Said Lovell, "The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize just what you have back there on Earth." They ended the broadcast with the crew taking turns reading from the book of Genesis from the Bible.

Photo by NASA

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