What Christmas song was broadcast from orbit around the Earth to NASA’s Mission Control in 1965?
– Winter Wonderland
– Frosty the Snowman
– Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
– Jingle Bells
In December 1965, astronauts Wally Schirra, Jr. and Thomas Stafford, aboard Gemini 6, prepared to reenter Earth’s atmosphere. Schirra and Stafford reported seeing “…a command module and eight smaller modules in front. The pilot of the command module is wearing a red suit.” Mission Control then heard the familiar strains of “Jingle Bells” played on a harmonica and backed up by sleigh bells. The harmonica and bells are on display at the Smithsonian today. Source: SmithsonianMag.com
“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir; however, historians dispute this, stating that it was much too “racy” (and secular) to be sung by a children’s church choir in the days it was written.