The Seattle Times

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

With a view from beyond the moon, an astronaut talks religion, politics and possibilities

The Christmastime lunar orbit of Apollo 8 provided a needed boost, and prompted a celebration in a nation beset by assassinations and civil unrest in 1968. Here, more than 2,000 people wait in the wee hours of Dec. 29 to welcome the crew at Ellington Air Force Base near Houston. Borman, Lovell and Anders are standing at microphones near the center of the photo.