Merry Christmas from the Moon

On Christmas Eve 1968, three American astronauts became the first human beings to orbit the moon. It was one of the greatest achievements in history.

Four months earlier—while embroiled with the Soviet Union in a heated race to the moon—NASA made an aggressive and potentially dangerous decision. They would accelerate the Apollo mission schedule by skipping two key test flights.

Launched into space on December 21, Apollo 8 crewmen William Anders, James Lovell and Frank Borman reached the moon three days and 240,000 miles later. As these courageous explorers made their tenth and final orbit, they commemorated their journey by reading from first chapter of Genesis. It was the perfect Christmas message for a billion people who looked on from earth in wonder.

To celebrate this extraordinary event—and the moment when much of the world paused to acknowledge the Creator of the universe—we have produced this special short video. Share it with your family and friends. It’s a Christmas story well worth remembering.

From the entire Illustra Media team, Merry Christmas and thank you for all you’ve done to help make our ministry possible.