An Astronaut’s Christmas Eve Message from Space

On Dec. 24, 1968, our nation was in strife.  The war in Vietnam had divided and demoralized the nation; Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated; and the Zodiac Killer was on the loose. A nation in need of healing listened as the Apollo 8 astronauts, orbiting the moon, read the creation story from the Old Testament Book of Genesis during a Christmas Eve TV broadcast.  Astronaut Frank Borman, aboard the Apollo spacecraft, closed with a greeting to Americ … [Read more...]

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End of an Era– And For Me, Shuttle Brings Memories

I was just a little kid, but with my mother’s help, I wrote congratulatory letters to my astronaut heroes Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.  Each responded by sending me an autographed photograph of himself—and I was hooked on the space program.  The bravery, the adventure, the romance! It was fifty years ago today that Gus Grissom became the second American astronaut in space.  And as the shuttle Atlantis is safely tucked away and the shuttle program becomes history, I offer a tribute:  John Gille … [Read more...]

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