Monday, July 22, 2013

Anniversary of Only Holy Communion On The Moon

Today's Daily Mail reports on a often forgotten anniversary.  On July 20, 1969, Buzz Aldrin aboard the Apollo 11 lunar module, about to follow Neil Armstrong onto the moon's surface, became the first, and only, person to celebrate Holy Communion on the moon. Armstrong's church, Western Presbyterian in Houston, Texas supplied him with the small plastic container of wine and the bread used. Aldrin, an elder in the church, had permission from the church's general assembly to administer communion to himself. Aldrin had wanted to broadcast his acts back to earth, but NASA vetoed the idea after atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair had sued over astronauts on Apollo 8 reading a quote from Genesis while in orbit.