55 years after Apollo 8’s Christmas at the moon, a new Artemis crew readies for launch (exclusive)

NASA’s first moon commander in nearly two generations says his crew is thinking a lot about the 55th anniversary of Apollo 8.

Apollo 8, the first human mission to the moon, saw three NASA astronauts launch to lunar realms on Dec. 21, 1968. Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and did a reading of the opening chapter of the Book of Genesis on live television, before coming back to Earth on Dec. 27.