Apollo 8, “The Christmas Mission” celebrating 50th anniversary

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WZDX) — It’s been 50 years since the first humans orbited the moon, and people in Huntsville haven’t forgotten.

Hundreds came out to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center Monday to celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 8, “The Christmas Mission.”

On the mission, three Apollo 8 astronauts, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders set out to travel over one quarter million miles away from Earth to orbit the moon.

The astronauts broadcasted messages of peace and goodwill back to Earth from their command module.

On Monday, there were snacks, music, and a candle light to celebrate the mission.

Ginny Langbehn, U.S. Space & Rocket Center marketing and advertising director, said, “It was the first time astronauts had actually traveled on the Saturn V rocket, so it really represented a big leap and it was a world wide accomplishment, not just for America but just for the whole world.”

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