On the evening of December 24, forty years ago, Appollo 8, the first manned American spacecraft, had crossed the 240,000-mile distance away from earth and was in lunar orbit circling the moon. The crew was consisting of ‘Commander Frank Borman, and Pilot Jim Lovell and Pilot William Anders.’
The three NASA astronauts transmitted a Christmas Eve message to home from the moon, and were sending back images of ‘the gray, forbidding lunar surface, with the blue-and-white globe of the sunlit Earth hanging over the horizon.’ Then they took turns reading FOR ALL the people back on Earth from the story of the Creation, from Genesis. “In the beginning. God created the heaven and earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”
Almost seven months later, on 21st July, 1969, American astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. The Eagle, his lunar module has landed in the Sea of Tranquility and he declared proudly, ‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.’
Am I becoming too cynical, or those were really more glorious days for mankind ??? …..