It still produces goosebumps: Apollo 8 astronauts Frank Borman, William Anders and James Lovell read from the Genesis book and revolve around the moon on December 24, 1968 – Christmas Eve at home.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth …"
The surprising recitation (NASA's only instructions to the astronauts: "Doing anything appropriate") was followed, lived, by the greatest television audience in history up to that time . "In view of today's NASA, it is quite remarkable that they didn't even look up to see what [Borman] would suggest doing," says Anders. "But they knew Frank was a serious guy and would do something right." [1
"I was an aviation engineer and official photographer and had very little photographic training," says Anders. and 3 5mm camera when I was a kid … I had no photographic background to talk about and had a very heavy schedule to take pictures of the landing sites on the lunar surface [for] potential [moon].
"We went around the moon … and after our third revolution, Frank Borman began repositioning the spacecraft so it would be forward," he says. "I happened to catch something out of the corner of my eye, and here was this beautiful orb that was even more beautiful compared to the very sharp, ugly background of the moon surface. So I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. Borman joked:" You can't Do it, Anders, it's not in the airplane. "- I had pretty much kept on the aircraft because I was overloaded with the moon – but I thought it was even a devastated fighter pilot that I realized it was Something worth snapping and good luck to me. I had color film and a 250mm lens on my camera. "" It really is not Ansel Adams, "he says about Photo." I just happened to be in the right place at the right time . I'm proud of it, but I can't say it was made by a real photographer. "
The wonders of the astronauts on the beauty of the earth were matched by their first glance at the moon surface." We were placed so that we could basically not see the moon from leaving the earth until we entered the moon's orbit, "says Anders. "They were worried that, just like an eclipse, we would get this light and hurt our eyes. It was actually just before our lunar round … we had to slow down to be caught by the moon's gravity when we actually first saw a moonrise shadows and it was pretty impressive.
"First of all, I thought it was oil that went down into the spacecraft window," he says. "I thought what the hell is that? Turns out that there were long shadows of the mountains on the multifunctional side. "
Anders asks if he still looks up at the moon, wondering.
" I remember the night before the launch, we had been quarantined from our families and [President] Lyndon Johnson invited us to the White House for a last dance, he says. "I remember sitting with some friends on my car's closet in the parking lot and looking up at the moon, which was just this finger nail that was visible."
"I have to say, even today when I look up and see a moon with it with a small slice, the hairs come up on my neck."