At the end of a troubled year in 1968, three men blasted off planet to become the first humans to orbit the moon. This historic journey paved the way for future lunar missions and at the same time gave a bruised nation some much needed relief.
The famous Earthrise photo by William Anders
Below is the original CBS broadcast from Christmas eve when the Apollo 8 crew read from the book of Genesis. This takes place at 5:10 in the video. (It always gives me goosebumps when I hear it!)
Here's an excellent Apollo 8 POV video narrated by Andrew Chaikin. It was created and released last week for the 45th anniversary.