On December 21, 1968, NASA launched Apollo 8, its second manned spaceflight mission and the first in human history to orbit the moon. Over the course of the six-day mission, millions of people around the world watched on television as the crew — astronauts Bill Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell — beamed images back to Earth and transmitted messages, reading the opening passages from Genesis on Christmas Eve as their spacecraft circled the moon.
Forty-eight years later, we continue to marvel at the communication capabilities technology affords us. Today, though, we weren’t trying to connect with travelers in space. Instead, we were content to connect with Kurt and John Schwartz, who managed to call in on their satellite phone from their location approximately 24.4º North/20.1º West — smack dab in the Atlantic Ocean, about 240 miles off the coast of Africa and 300 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, where their voyage began.
The conversation we recorded with Kurt and John has become the first official How Far Would You Go Podcast. Let us know what you think.
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