December 21st 1968, Apollo 8 launched from Florida carrying the first humans to leave Earth and head for the Moon.
Only the third launch of the Saturn V rocket, and the first manned, the mission was not to land, but to orbit the moon, testing the spacecraft, the navigation, mission control, and the astronauts on board.
Astronauts, Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders became the first humans to directly see the far side of the moon.
On Christmas Eve they read the fist 10 verses from the Book of Genesis from lunar orbit.
They also took the famous “earth rise” photo, shown blow in the correct orientation.
Merry Christmas, to all of you on the good Earth.