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Borman, Frank (1928-) A Christmas Eve Prayer from Lunar Orbit (Apollo 8 Astronauts)

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05508.021 Author/Creator: Borman, Frank (1928-) Place Written: Hicksville, New York Type: Document signed Date: 5 May 1969 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: A printed commemorative document quoting William Anders, Jim Lovell, and Frank Borman reading a prayer and the first 8 verses of Genesis as they approached the Lunar sunrise aboard Apollo 8, 24 December 1968. Includes their portraits. Also includes a first day of issue stamp cancellation of the Apollo 8 commemorative stamp. Canceled at Houston.

People: Anders, William A..
Lovell, Jim.
Borman, Frank, 1928-

Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Keywords/Subjects: Aviation, Religion, Holidays and Celebrations, Space, Frontiers and Exploration

Sub Era: The Sixties