The Lunar Bible: The First Bible on the Moon

In 1971, on the Apollo 14 Saturn rocket, Astronaut Edgar Mitchell carried the first complete copy of the Bible to the moon’s surface. All 1,245 pages and 773,746 words of the King James Bible were condensed on a piece of microfilm, and now known as the Lunar Bible, which is part of the Impact of the Bible Floor at Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.

But the story began earlier, in 1967. During a launch pad test, three astronauts were killed. Before his death, senior pilot Ed White told a reporter he hoped to someday take a Bible to the moon. In 1971, to honor his memory, Edgar Mitchell took the Lunar Bible to the moon on Apollo 14!

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