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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » This Evening In History
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39 years ago this evening, December 24, 1968, three intrepid Americans, jammed into a capsule slightly larger than a telephone booth, made history. Having traveled farther from their natural home, than anyone in history, their Apollo capsule had entered Lunar orbit. On that evening, those of us having attained a certain age, remember well their transmission from the lonely reaches of space, far from home and family. The crew had debated what they might discuss during the short broadcast.

The crew recognized immediately that the subject should be that blue marble nearly a quarter of a million miles away, Jim Lovell had this to say “The vast loneliness is awe-inspiring and it makes you realize what you have back there on Earth.”

Being at the height of the cold-war, thoughts of the continuity of our civilization were an ever present, unwelcome part of life. Seeing the earth from Lunar orbit as the only possible place where men might survive undoubtedly crossed their minds that evening.

Perhaps from no other place, than the black, airless, frigid void of space, can one appreciate the vastness of G-d’s Creation, the Universe and this tiny, inconsequential speck within that universe that we call home and Earth.

Surrounded by a hostile environment, that would result in near instant death on exposure, it’s easy for a mortal to recognize your own frailty and that this planet is indeed an ideal space-ship for man. Perfectly designed, built and operated, such that nearly hairless, weak bipedals capable of rational thought, dreams and the appreciation of a Higher Power at work, could not only survive, but thrive.

Perhaps other men, might have thought of themselves as deities, having achieved such a miraculous task, undertaking a voyage that even Columbus couldn’t dream possible. But that crew, knew, well and truly, that the Universe operates under the supervision of something that we don’t have the facilities to describe, merely a name to describe the utterly indescribable.

G-d Almighty.

These three brave men, aviators and American heroes, Mission Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders, at that time and place knew, that recognition of the Creator was in order, and as such, began the final portion of the transmission of Apollo 8, reading from the Book of Genesis, describing the Creator’s labors resulting in the cradle of humanity.

William Anders:

“For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send 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.”

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.”

Borman then added, “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.”

And on this evening, may we wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and G-d’s Blessing to all of goodwill, on the Good Earth. —JB and Country Red

12 Responses to “This Evening In History”
  1. Unregistered Comment by mindy1

    Beautiful-I love the pic that they shot that day. I think it’s called earthrise or earht risisng or something like that. I wish I knew what. Happy holidays.

  2. LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H. Comment by LC 0311 crunchie I.M.H.

    Beautiful story JB. Thanks man.

    It so nice in fact that now I’m sorry I buried it :-)

  3. LC HJ Caveman82952 Comment by LC HJ Caveman82952

    I remember hearing that………….I will never forget it either. For a brief moment, we were all one.

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  5. jaybear Comment by jaybear

    I was 14 years old when that happened, I remember the pictures from Apollo 8 and them reading the Gospel…..it moved me profoundly then and still does today. I challenge anyone to look at pictures of our beautiful home from space or listen to Handels Messiah in it’s entirety or walk through any of the great cathedrals of Europe and then tell me there is no God.

    “Behold, a virgin shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is God is with us.
    Then Joseph, being raised from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife;
    And knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son: and he called his name JESUS
    Matthew 1:23-25

  6. psychochick, LC Comment by psychochick, LC

    jaybear

    Isn’t personal faith a little private to become a challenge? If you issue as one, I have been in the gothic cathedral in Mainz, Germany. I did wonder what it would be like to worship God there, yet I did not.

    However, I never say that there is not a God. There is the difference between agnosticism and atheism. I just do not personally believe in one myself. I do not ever say that you should not believe and am glad that you do.

  7. LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech Comment by LC Cheapshot911, Dept. of Redneck Tech

    I challenge anyone to look at pictures of our beautiful home from space or listen to Handels Messiah in it’s entirety or walk through any of the great cathedrals of Europe and then tell me there is no God.

    Funny the effect these things have on us.

    With all due respect Jaybear, I’d take you up on your challenge, only, not here, not today
    , as I see only evidence of our own vanity in those things,, sweet music, amazing architecture (this hotel is older than the American Revolution!),, evidence of mankind’s skills and crafts.

    Out there, beyond our atmosphere, few minds are ready to even attempt to concieve what we will find.
    Overconfidence, self absorbance, intolerance, ‘many other aspects of human-hood filter any clear view of what we will see, hold, wish, or demand that the truth of what we see truely is. Very un-good

    So, happily mindful of the Season,,, rather than wading into the Swamp of Eternal Emotional Bog, I would instead make a play for human unity,,

    TOGETHER NOW! SING, DING-DANGIT!

    Dashing though the snow, inna one horse open sleigh..

    May joy and health take up permanent residence with allllll a ya,, regardless of whom ye tithe to or tipple with!

  8. Skul Comment by Skul

    If that was done today, the aclu would be having an absolute hissy-fit.

  9. Bill H, Resident Car Guy Comment by Bill H, Resident Car Guy

    Just mere 8 months later, we would be standing on the moon. I’m not a believer, but it’s pretty easy to see where belief in a higher being would drive these men and women to what was, I think, our technical- and quite possibly our social- zenith. Like Jaybear, I’m fortunate enough to be old enough to have actually watched the Apollo missions happen.

  10. jaybear Comment by jaybear

    LC Cheapshot911 sez:

    With all due respect Jaybear, I’d take you up on your challenge, only, not here, not today

    a debate for another day sir, I mean no disrespect to you or any other agnostics or atheists on this site….you and the others here are the honorable secularists, not absorbed in self but with genuine charity toward your fellow man and I laud you for that.

    besides, I haven’t forgotten that you are the owner of a Chicago Typewriter. :em93:

    Dashing though the snow, inna one horse open sleigh..

    May joy and health take up permanent residence with allllll a ya,, regardless of whom ye tithe to or tipple with!

    amen brudda, hoist a toddy for me…..I’ll toast you back with a cup of hot cider!!

  11. Unregistered Comment by big dufus

    Merry Christmas to all!

    If you’re not aware of it, this mission was featured in the best documentary on the Apollo program.

    I knew I’d need to write about my experience, and I posted at my site a week after it had fermented. You can read it from the archive.

  12. hilljohnny Comment by hilljohnny

    Dashing though the snow, inna one horse open sleigh..

    did you know ‘jingle bells ‘was written for thanksgiving?