The year 1968 was a turbulent year in the United States. MLK, Jr. was assassinated, as was Bobby Kennedy. It was the year of the riots during the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. As the year came to a close there was a wonderful bright spot. Apollo 8 when to the moon and orbited. It was the furthest distance any human had traveled in space and the first time any human had orbited another celestial body besides the earth. On Christmas Eve 1968 the crew of Apollo 8 gave this Christmas Eve message.