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Apollo 11 landed on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Here is a brief timeline of the events that lead up to the historic moment of President john f. Kennedy’s call to action in 1961, and in ‘The Eagle has landed” in 1969.
Fifty years ago, when the American astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, a devout Christian, a history of the landing on the moon, and the first thing he did was to give thanks to God.
He was sitting next to Neil Armstrong became the first person to celebrate a religious sacrament, on a celestial body beyond the Earth. Ordained Presbyterian elder, wrote in a piece for the Prompts in the 1970s, he looked for the Holy Communion, because of his pastor at Webster Presbyterian, Dean Said, talking about how God is revealed to us through everyday items.
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“I was wondering if it might be possible to take the holy communion on the moon,” Aldrin remembered, a year after the mission, “represents the idea that God will manifest Himself there, too, as a human being in the universe. Because there are so many of us in the NASA program, that is the confidence that what we are doing is part of God’s plan for human life.”
In this July 20, 1969 photo provided by NASA shows pilot, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin in the Apollo 11 Lunar Module. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the landing, Omega issued a limited edition Speedmaster watch, was a tribute to the one to which he was carried to the moon.
(Neil Armstrong/NASA via AP)
And on July 20, 1969, after the Eagle lunar lander touched down on the surface of the moon, he was pulled out of the wafer, which was in a plastic package, and the wine, together with a small silver cup, offered by his church, which he kept in his “personal preference kit,” he said on the radio, according to Religion News Service.
“Houston, this is Eagle. This is the LM pilot,” he said he was referring to the lunar module, just after the Eagle lunar lander touched down on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969.
The Audio of Buzz Aldrin thank you, just before taking Communion while on the moon. (Audio courtesy of the Apollo 11 lunar surface Journal)
“I would like to take this opportunity to ask every person listening, whoever and wherever they may be,” he was saying, “to pause for a moment and think about the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his or her own way.”
He was, in silence, to read in John 15:5), which he wrote down on a 3-by-5-inch notecard, “just As Jesus said,” I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in Him, bears much fruit; for you can’t do anything without me.”
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He was then introduced to the ritual only, which will be dramatized in an episode of HBO’s “From the Earth to the Moon,” and is played by Bryan Cranston. Armstrong saw it, but it did not come with it.
Buzz Aldrin’s handwritten notes and scriptures flown to the surface of the moon, a 3-by-5-inch buff-colored lightweight card. Aldrin read John 15:5 and when the holy communion at the landing on the moon, and then read Psalm 8: 3,4, on his way back to earth.
(Photo courtesy Heritage Auctions)
“In the radio blackout I opened the little plastic packages, which are the bread and the wine,” he said he was. “I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me. In the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It is interesting to note that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were communion elements.”
As he wrote later, NASA requested that he not have to read the Bible verse, “because of the Hair trial,” after Apollo 8 read the 10 quotations from Genesis about the creation of the world, and one atheist, sued. Although the lawsuit was eventually dropped, and the space program, and was nervous about it, including a faith statement. But he was also successful in another verse, before turning once more to step foot on this earth.
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At the end of the mission, as he was, was on his way back to earth, and he read aloud the second verse of the Old Testament, and he scrawled it on the same notecard, Psalm 8: 3-4 “when I consider your heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the Son of Man, that thou visitest Him?”
It is a fact that, to this day, it makes sure that the 89-year-old living legend, one of which is the historical society in 1969, which is still commemorated each year at the Webster Presbyterian, to ask questions about it.
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“It was a privilege to have been able to make the first manned mission to the moon’s surface, it is an honor to have worked with so many great and dedicated people, and to have left our footprints there,” Aldrin told Florida Today earlier in the week. “Even now, sometimes, I marvel that we can put people on the moon.”