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Wednesday December 5th, 2018

Free Launch Pad Lecture Friday December 7

Houston, There is a Santa Claus: The Christmas Mission of Apollo 8

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, November 30, 2018) –It was Christmas Eve 1968 when the astronauts aboard Apollo 8 showed the world images of the Earth and Moon never seen before. On Friday December 7, learn the importance of that Christmas mission when Museum Education Director Chris Orwoll presents the free Launch Pad Lecture Houston, There is a Santa Claus: The Christmas Mission of Apollo 8 at 9:00 a.m. on the first floor of the museum.

IMAGE: Perhaps one of the most iconic images of the early Apollo era, “Earthrise” showed the world a view that had never been seen before. Apollo 8 was the first crewed mission to go to the moon and back. (Photo courtesy NASA)

Perhaps one of the most iconic images of the early Apollo era, “Earthrise” showed the world a view that had never been seen before. Apollo 8 was the first crewed mission to go to the moon and back. (Photo courtesy NASA)

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum's first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on January 4, 2019, and the topic will be Luna Incognita: The Moon Before Apollo with Museum Outreach Coordinator Tony Gondola.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/