National Air and Space Museum Presents “Spirit of Apollo” at National Cathedral

Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum will present “Spirit of Apollo,” a program to commemorate the Apollo 8 mission  
Media Only

Alison Mitchell

(202) 633-2376

Amy Stamm

(202) 633-2370

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 6:00pm

media availability with speakers


public arrival


program begins


Ellen Stofan, John and Adrienne Mars Director, National Air and Space Museum
James Lovell, Apollo 8 astronaut
Jim Bridenstine, administrator, NASA
Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church
Very Rev. Randy Hollerith, dean, Washington National Cathedral


Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C.

Apollo 8 was the first human mission to orbit the moon, and its crew were the first people to see its far side with their own eyes. The mission’s dramatic highlights included the iconic Earthrise photo and its live Christmas Eve broadcast during which the astronauts read verses from the Book of Genesis in lunar orbit.

“Spirit of Apollo” will celebrate what was a moment of unity for the nation and the spiritual meaning of exploration embodied by the first flight to the moon. The evening will include remarks, video, a choral performance recreating the Christmas Eve broadcast and dramatic lighting of the National Cathedral and its space window. Artifacts will also be on display beneath the space window.

Some of the speakers and Apollo experts will be available for interviews from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Press check-in will be at the south transept entrance to the cathedral.

Media with cameras must RSVP to Alison Mitchell at or 202-633-2376 or Amy Stamm at or 202-633-2392.


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