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Astronauts' 1968 Christmas broadcast

An Apollo 8 astronaut who was among the first to orbit the moon is set to help re-enact the 1968 Christmastime broadcast from space

Millions tuned in on Dec. 24, 1968, when Commander Frank Borman, Bill Anders and James Lovell took turns reading from the Book of Genesis as the Apollo 8 orbited the moon.

Lovell is expected to attend Monday's event at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, where the original Apollo 8 Command Module is.

The crew circled the moon 10 times on Christmas Eve, according to NASA. The famous "Earthrise" photo was taken during the same mission.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to attend Monday's event marking the 45th anniversary of the broadcast.

"The world needed an uplifting message in 1968 and the heroic Apollo 8 astronauts delivered," Quinn said in a statement ahead of the event.

Lovell took part in several missions, including as pilot in the Gemini 7 flight in 1965, a command module pilot on Apollo 8 and a commander of Apollo 13.

The Apollo 8 mission happened the year before U.S. astronauts walked on the moon.

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