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toddmp
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posted 08-04-2014 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for toddmp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What were the Apollo 8 astronauts reading off of when they read the scripture?

I have looked through online copies of the flight plan but have never come across an actual printout of what they were looking at.

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posted 08-04-2014 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The actual flight plan page from which the crew read is now part of the Adler Planetarium's collection, courtesy its donation by Jim Lovell. It was previously on loaned display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, as seen here.

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posted 08-04-2014 12:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for toddmp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much. I had never seen that actual page. Any better pictures or scans of that page out there? I would love to put it in a frame.

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posted 08-04-2014 01:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The part of the flight plan with the scripture passage is written much differently than all the other flight plan pages I've ever seen. It's a somewhat chatty memo of suggestions written by someone specific, with lines like "I would save some of it for the second telecast", "about the only thing I can think of to match the majesty of the occasion...", and "I would close with..."

Who was that "I"?

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posted 08-04-2014 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nasamad   Click Here to Email nasamad     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would guess Paul Haney or someone in the NASA Public Affairs Office.

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posted 08-04-2014 05:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by stsmithva:
Who was that "I"?
It was journalist Joseph Laitin.

Borman had sought the assistance of another reporter, Simon Bourgin, to help him fulfill NASA public affairs' request for something to read from lunar orbit. Bourgin, in turn, recruited Laitin for ideas.

Laitin typed up his recommendation — the first verse from Genesis — and sent it on to Bourgin, who forwarded it directly to Borman. What happened next is described in "Apollo Moon Missions: The Unsung Heroes" by Billy Watkins.

After a few days without hearing back, Bourgin phoned the astronaut. Bourgin recalls, "Frank said, 'Oh, I meant to call you. I just took what you sent, scissored it out, had it put on fireproof paper, and stuck it in the back of the flight plan.'"

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posted 08-04-2014 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for that last paragraph especially - incredibly specific and fascinating details!

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posted 08-06-2014 01:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for toddmp     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks so much for the information!

Found a short YouTube video with Mr. Laitin talking about it.

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posted 08-09-2014 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Steve- I never knew that.

I did hear the story of a reporter that phoned Houston to ask for a copy of what Frank read. He was ask were he was sitting? A motel he replied. The space center employee said open up the top draw of the night table, you'll find it there.

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