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From: Netherlands
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posted 12-21-2013 02:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Today's choice was easy: Apollo 8 was launched 45 years ago on December 21, 1968. Not only was this the beginning of an historic mission to the moon, but it also marked the beginning of my lifelong interest in spaceflight. Merry Christmas to all of you on the Good Earth!

Ed Hengeveld


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From: Germany
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posted 12-21-2013 05:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Merry Christmas to you, Ed, and to all the others, cSpacers.


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From: Lockport, NY, 14094
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posted 12-21-2013 07:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Chariot412   Click Here to Email Chariot412     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And from all of us on the good earth...Merry Christmas to you, too.


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From: Albany, Oregon USA
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posted 12-21-2013 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got up way early to watch the launch on TV. It was Christmas vacation during 6th grade so I watched a lot of that mission. Good call on the photo choice this week.

Merry Christmas to all!


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From: Burton, Derbyshire, England
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posted 12-21-2013 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for paulushumungus   Click Here to Email paulushumungus     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wonderful - Apollo 8 is my favourite mission.


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From: West Jordan, Utah USA
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posted 12-21-2013 11:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the memories Ed. Merry Christmas to all!

Michael Davis

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From: Houston, Texas
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posted 12-22-2013 04:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Michael Davis   Click Here to Email Michael Davis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I feel blessed to have been just old enough to remember this day and the Apollo 8 mission. It changed everything. 1968 was a very bad year in general. There were the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. There was also weekly news reports of 100s of American casualties in Vietnam combined with constant stories of campus riots. This launch on that day and the following mission gave many of us children hope. I feel lucky to have watched the launch and the “Genesis” broadcast live. It changed my life and gave me a set of heroes that I still look up to until this day.


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From: Douglasville, Ga U.S.A.
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posted 12-22-2013 04:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bobslittlebro   Click Here to Email bobslittlebro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also got up early to watch the launch on T.V. and I believe it was a Saturday morning. Yes, brings back memories.


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From: Staten Island, New York USA
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posted 12-23-2013 01:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto Apollo 8 being my introduction to spaceflight in 1968, together with Kubrick's '2001'. I was young but what impressed me the most was all of the world stopping during a terrible year and pausing to reflect on what man can do with the 'better angels' of his nature.


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From: San Jose, California, USA
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posted 12-23-2013 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I don't remember the launch, but I do remember the lunar broadcast. That is my earliest datable space memory. Thanks for posting!


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posted 12-23-2013 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dss65   Click Here to Email dss65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The memory of Apollo 8, and especially the "Genesis broadcast," still gives me goose bumps every time. I hope it always will.

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posted 12-24-2013 01:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SaturnV   Click Here to Email SaturnV     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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.

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From: Citrus Heights, CA - USA
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posted 12-24-2013 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Space Emblem Art   Click Here to Email Space Emblem Art     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Forty five years ago on Christmas Eve I was 13 yrs old, in 8th grade on Christmas vacation and suffering the intestinal Hong Kong flu. While the flu was miserable it never detered me from watching the TV coverage of Apollo 8. While the black & white TV quality was, compared to now, poor quality, the reading of Genesis was a stroke of genius. If ever there was a proper setting for reading those passages that was it.

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