I meant to write this about a week or two ago, but I've been on vacation trying to stay as far away from my computers as humanly possible. So I'm now just getting around to doing this.
The week of Christmas 2008 marked the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission to the moon. Apollo 8 sent astronauts to orbit around the moon. You can read details of the mission from Wikipedia's entry on the even here.
I love the space program. Every time I read about Apollo and what those first space pioneers did, I get teary eyed. Just incredible that it was 40 years ago that we sent men to the moon. And they came back!