apollo 8

To the Moon and Back

Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry’s exhibit honoring the 50th anniversary includes a beautifully curated reproduction of a “typical American living room”, circa 1968.

50 years ago today, Apollo 8 was the first manned launch of a Saturn V; just three days later Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and William Anders would find themselves orbiting the Moon.

Imagine what it would have been like to watch the Earthrise or see the moon from only 60 nautical miles above the surface for the very first time on Christmas eve.

Jeffery Kluger’s “Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon” is a good read on the subject.

View of the living room from the top of the stairs
The tree
CBS’s Christmas Eve broadcast
CBS’s Christmas Eve broadcast
Rabbit ears
Kodak and Viewmaster
A LEGO space shuttle assembled by Jim Lovell. Certainly out of it’s time but how could you _not_ include this?
Do. It. Yourself.
Visitors to the exhibit can type a note to the astronauts!

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