It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
On August 25, 2012, Neil Armstrong joined the infinite. He was 82 years old.
There are 7 billion people on Earth today. Of the these, only 24 could tell you what it is like to visit the moon. Now there are 8. I watched the documentary on Saturday on my pc. Maybe you will watch it too.
When I was younger, I bought this LP at a garage sale. I listened to it scores of times, the way you listen to things over and over when you are young and have time to do things like that. It helped me fall in love with the thrilling story of the journey to the moon. I might not be able to get to the moon, but I can visit a moon rock on loan at the Arizona State University for free. Google the LROC for more information.
- On board the Apollo the astronauts read from the book of Genesis. No matter your belief, the poetry and message is beautiful.
- Bill Anders
- “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 heavens 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.
- Jim Lovell
- “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.
- Frank Borman
- “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.”