I fell in love with ‘space’ when I was just a little kid. Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968. The next night, my family drove from Fair Play, SC to my grandparents home at 5511 Belvedere Road, West Palm Beach. During the twelve hour drive, I could lean against the right, rear passenger window and watch the progress of magical mission as it ‘slowly’ made its way from Earth to the Moon! It changed the course of my life.
“…Apollo 8 took 68 hours (almost three days) to travel the distance to the Moon. The crew orbited the Moon ten times over the course of 20 hours, during which they made a Christmas Eve television broadcast in which they read the first ten verses from the Book of Genesis. At the time, the broadcast was the most watched TV program ever. Apollo 8’s successful mission paved the way for Apollo 11 to fulfill U.S. president John F. Kennedy‘s goal of landing a man on the Moon before the end of the 1960s. The Apollo 8 astronauts returned to Earth on December 27, 1968, when their spacecraft splashed down in the Northern Pacific Ocean. The crew members were named Time magazine‘s “Men of the Year” for 1968 upon their return…”