Lovell kicks off Adler Planetarium celebration

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.

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