Dec 24 2010

Celebrating Christmas at the Moon!

Merry Christmas everyone! (You might also enjoy reading last year’s Christmas message.)

Forty-two years ago — on Christmas Eve in 1968 — the first humans arrived in orbit around the Moon.

The Apollo 8 crew of Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders chose to celebrate by reading the first 10 verses of Genesis during their live television broadcast.

Bill Anders
“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.

Jim Lovell

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.

Frank Borman

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 he 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.”

After this world-altering start on the Moon, the fact that we — as a society — chose not to return during the last ~40 years (not since 1972) is impressive testimony to the power of the long economic wave in human affairs — mostly because we were unaware of it. (See: State of the Wave: Why No One’s Been to the Moon in 40 years — How Soon We’ll Go Again“)

But current global trends indicate the wave has turned. Both long- and short-term indicators point to many future human Christmases at the Moon and beyond as the new international Space Age gains momentum after 2015.

Merry Christmas!

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