Apollo 8’s 50th Anniversary Will Be Celebrated Tonight by The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum

There will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of NASA’s historic Apollo 8 moon mission tonight (Dec. 11), and you may watch the occasion stay.

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum is presenting a program known as “Spirit of Apollo” at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., tonight at 8 p.m.

“The evening’s program will embrace remarks by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and Apollo 8 astronaut James Lovell, in addition to Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Nationwide Air and Area Museum,” NASA officers wrote in an announcement.

“There additionally might be remarks by leaders from the National Cathedral and Episcopal Church, together with the Most Rev. Michael Curry, who will talk about the non-secular which means of exploration,” they added. “As well as, this system will embrace video displays and a choral efficiency recreating the Apollo eight Christmas Eve broadcast, in addition to the lighting of the National Cathedral and its area window.

Apollo 8 was the primary mission ever to take astronauts to a world past Earth. Crewmembers Lovell, Frank Borman, and Invoice Anders launched on Dec. 21, 1968, and reached lunar orbit three days later, on Christmas Eve.

On that day — Dec. 24, 1968 — the crew beamed a dwell tv broadcast right down to Earth, as NASA officers famous of their assertion, and Anders snapped some of the well-known images in human historical past. His beautiful “Earthrise” shot confirmed our planet is looming over the moon’s battered grey floor, giving humanity a brand new perspective on its dwelling world.

The Apollo eight crew didn’t contact down on the lunar floor; they orbited the moon 20 occasions, then returned dwelling to Earth for a successful splashdown on Dec. 27, 1968. Apollo 11 moonwalkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the primary-ever boot prints within the lunar grime, in July 1969.