Lovell kicks off Adler Planetarium celebration

December 17, 2008 7:15:14 PM PST
Apollo 8 astronaut Jim Lovell, Jr. was at the Adler Planetarium to help kick off the 40th anniversary celebration of man's first flight to the moon. Lovell, along with Commander Frank Borman and lunar module pilot William Anders became the first humans to leave the earth's orbit and see the far side of the moon in 1968.

Beginning on Saturday, visitors will get to view space exploration shows featuring the mission and personal artifacts that belonged to Lovell.

On Wednesday, Lovell described his amazing voyage from four decades ago.

"I can recall quite vividly the three-day voyage when we went into lunar orbit on Christmas Eve and looking and looking back at the ancient old craters of the far side of the moon, and then coming back and seeing the earth as it really is," said Lovell.

The two-week exhibit ends January 4.