The Lunar Bible - 1971

Did you know that a tiny microfilm Bible was the first to make a lunar landing with Apollo 14? The Bible, measuring 1.5 by 1.5 inches, can be read only with a microscope—and is today being called by collectors “one of the rarest books in the world.” The Lunar Bible began on a tragic note on January 27, 1967. During a launch pad test, a flash fire broke out and three astronauts were killed. Before his death, lunar module pilot Ed White said to a reporter, he hoped someday to take a Bible to the moon. To honor the astronauts’ memory, a series of events took place over many years—until White’s dream was finally realized in 1971 when astronaut Edgar Mitchell took the Lunar Bible to the moon.

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