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This collection consists a memo and correspondence relating to the Apollo 8 broadcast as well as notes relating to various astronaut post-flight tours.

Biographical / Historical

Simon Bourgin was a Science Policy Officer at the United States Information Agency (USIA) during the late 1960s and early 1970s. During that time, Bourgin was the liaison with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and in this capacity he was in charge of NASA's information overseas. Bourgin was also the political escort for the astronauts on the foreign tours they made upon returning from space.




Bourgin, Simon (Simon E.), 1914-




Simon Bourgin, Gift, 1995, NASM.1995.0025


.01 Cubic feet (one legal folder)

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the following: a memo to Hew Ryan, Deputy Director at the United States Information Agency (USIA), explaining how Simon Bourgin came to be the cocreator of the idea that the Apollo 8 crew read from the book of Genesis from the dark side of the moon; two letters Bourgin wrote Frank Frederick Borman, II on what he might say during that broadcast; notes on the Apollo 11 crew's world tour after their flight; and notes made from the East Asia tour of Borman and Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr. after the Gemini missions.

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Apollo 8 and 11 Notes and Letters [Bourgin], NASM.1995.0025, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.



Space flight


Collection descriptions

Archival materials