Apollo 8 Genesis Reading

Welcome to the Apollo 8 Genesis Reading. On Christmas Eve of 1968, the Apollo 8 astronauts, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders, read from the book of Genesis as they orbited the moon.

This was man’s first attempt to reach the moon. The spectacular event and reading of the Bible was the most watched TV viewing at the time.

Below is the reading and a link to the audio clip.



Apollo 8 Genesis Reading

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Astronaut Bill Anders begins:

"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 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.

Astronaut Jim Lovell continues:

"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.

Astronaut Frank Borman finishes:

"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 the 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."

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