Chicago: A US astronaut who was aboard the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon is marking the mission`s 45th anniversary in front of a piece of the actual spacecraft.
Retired Captain James Lovell Jr re-enacted the Apollo 8`s live Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. During that broadcast, astronauts read verses of Genesis from the Bible.
Lovell and several students today took turns reading in front of an Apollo 8 module that`s housed at Chicago`s Museum of Science and Industry.
Lovell says they chose Genesis because it`s central to three major world religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. According to NASA, millions tuned in during the original broadcast.
Lovell was a command module pilot on Apollo 8 and went on to be commander of Apollo 13.