Merry Christmas for tomorrow! (today for our friends in Oz and NZ) and thanks everyone for making this such a friendly and enjoyable forum.
Fifty years ago today, the crew of Apollo 8 became the first people to look back and see Earth as a planet shining in the infinite night. I'm just old enough to have it as an early (if hazy, I was very young) memory of being told that something amazing was happening up there around the moon, way way off in Space.
The message that came back from those first people to voyage out and see the Earth for what she truly is - one world, tiny, stunningly beautiful and very alone - sends a shiver of awe and cosmic perspective through me, no matter how many times I hear or read it - and most of all on this night of all nights:
"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."
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