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DescriptionApollo 8 "A Christmas Eve Prayer From Lunar Orbit" First Day Presentation Signed by Frank Borman, and Clyde W. Tombaugh. The text of the prayer Frank Borman read from lunar orbit in 1968 along with the Biblical text from Genesis Chapter One as read by the crew, all handsomely presented on parchment-like paper, 11" x 8" in size. A 6¢ "Apollo 8" stamp (Scott #1371) and "Twas the Night Before Christmas" stamp (Scott #1414) has been affixed and First Day cancelled in Washington, D.C. on November 9, 1972. Apollo 8 Commander Frank Borman attended St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Seabrook, Texas. He had been scheduled to participate in a Christmas service there but couldn't because of the timing of the mission. Fellow parishioner and Mission Control engineer Rod Rose suggested that he read a prayer from lunar orbit that could be recorded and played back during the church service.
Signed "Frank Borman" in black ink and "Clyde W. Towbaugh/Discovered 9th planet Pluto 18 Feb 1930" in blue ink.
Condition: Boldly and clearly signed. Toned unevenly throughout.
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