Wishing you the happiest of holidays: a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah!
I’m hoping most of you will be on vacation, or too busy with holiday parties to notice, but there will not be a newsletter next week as I work on the final details of converting Surfnetkids.com to its brand new design. Woot!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
“Surfing the Net with Kids”
Apollo 8 Printable(** for Premium Members only)
Apollo 8 launched December 21, 1968 as part of President Kennedy’s space challenge to put a man on the moon in the sixties. Apollo 8 was the first human space flight to leave Earth’s orbit and to reach and orbit around the Moon. Astronauts Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders were the first humans to see Earth from deep space, and the photo they captured of the Earth rising above the Moon has become famous.
Lunar and Planetary Institute: Apollo 8 Mission
In addition to its research role, the Lunar and Plantetary Institute is also charged with education and public outreach to “engage families, educators and students in space science.” Their Apollo 8 materials include a mission overview, mission activities, and a photo gallery. “The Apollo 8 mission took 7 days and included 10 orbits around the Moon. Almost without exception, spacecraft systems operated as intended.”
NASA: Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon
On Christmas eve, December 24, 1968, Apollo 8 had a live television broadcast showing pictures of the Earth and the Moon. Visit this NASA site to view their Christmas message, which included a recitation of the first ten verses of Genesis. At the end of their mission on Christmas Day, astronaut Lowell gave a shout-out to St. Nick, when he radioed to Mission Control, “Roger, please be informed there is a Santa Claus.”
NASA SVS: Earthrise: The 45th Anniversary
The NASA Goddard Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS) released a video last year that recreates the first earthrise as seen from Apollo 8. “The visualization draws on numerous historical sources, including the actual cloud pattern on Earth from the ESSA-7 satellite and dozens of photographs taken by Apollo 8, and it reveals new, historically significant information about the Earthrise photographs.” It is a must see!
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Printables Club Members Also Get …
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Apollo 8 Printable
Apollo 8 Wikipedia Printable
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Quote of the Week
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.” ~~ Neil Armstrong ~~ (born August 5, 1930) American astronaut and first person to set foot on the Moon. Read more at: http://www.lightafire.com/quotations/authors/neil-armstrong/
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