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EARTHR_210828_04.JPG: Earthrise: Apollo 8 Issue
The Apollo 8 mission tested all of NASA's preparations for traveling to the Moon and back. As Apollo 8 circled the Moon on Christmas Eve 1968, the astronauts on board read the first ten lines of the Book of Genesis to a massive worldwide television audience. The words of these men who were flying hundreds of thousands of miles from home had a tremendous emotional impact on worldwide audiences.
Postmaster General W. Marvin Watson, inspired by Apollo 8's success, supported the idea of producing a stamp commemorating the voyage. The Post Office Department selected NASA's color photograph 68-HC-870 for the 6-cent stamp design. This picture, which was taken on the mission while the men were approximately 240,000 miles from Earth, shows the moon's surface with the Earth in the distance. The stamp featured the words "In the beginning God...", the first words of Genesis that had been read by the astronauts.
EARTHR_210828_08.JPG: Apollo 8 Stamp
The 6-cent stamp commemorating the Apollo 8 mission went on sale May 5, 1969, in Houston, Texas. The Apollo 8 mission (December 21-27, 1968) was the first manned lunar orbital flight. The astronauts on this historic mission were Colonel Frank Borman, Captain James Lovell, and Major William Anders.
Leonard E. Buckley of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing based his design on a photograph by the Apollo 8 astronauts. The printing of 150 million stamps in panes of fifty were authorized. The stamp was printed on the Giori press.
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2021 photos: This year, which started with former child president's attempted coup and the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic, gradually got better.
Trips this year:
(May, October) After getting fully vaccinated, I made two trips down to Asheville, NC to visit my dad and his wife Dixie, and
(mid-July) I made a quick trip up to Stockbridge, MA to see the Norman Rockwell Museum again as well as Daniel Chester French's place @ Chesterwood.
Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Number of photos taken this year: about 283,000, up slightly from 2020 levels but still really low.
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