Ten, nine — we have ignition sequence start —
the engines are on — four, three, two, one. zero. We have commit. We have — Liftoff!
The clock is running! — We have liftoff. Liftoff at 7:51 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. [music; rocket roar] We have cleared the tower. [music; rocket roar] “Roger.” “How do you hear, Houston?” “Loud and clear.” [music; rocket roar] [music] We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and
for all the people back on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message
that we would like to send to you. It’s awe-inspiring. It makes you realize
just what you have back there on Earth. The Earth from here is a grand oasis
in the vastness of space. [music] And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with
good night, good luck, a merry Christmas, and God bless all of you,
all of you on the good Earth.