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How many Bibles have been sent to the moon? July 19, 2019

Posted by P, J, or J in Bible Translation.

This may not be a question many people are Googling even in the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, but the top answer I found was ‘100’ which is only partly right.

100 Bibles made it to surface of the moon in 1971 but over 1000 copies were actually sent.

After the death of astronaught Ed White along with Virgil “Gus” Grissom and Roger B. Chaffeeto, the Apollo prayer league was been founded in 1968 to pray for the safety of the astronauts, “And – most importantly – to land a Bible on the moon“.

You can read more of the story at www.apolloprayerleague.com along with 7 Myths and Misconceptions in which it was revealed that 512 Bibles ortbited the moon in Apollo 13 and another 512 were onboard Apollo 14, of which 100 went to the surface.


Except when copies make it to auction, this “one small step for Bible distribution” goes largely unnoticed in the annals of history, but to be fair the Bibles were very small and only printed in English. It was perhaps surpassed in the 2014 when Bible portions were delivered safely to a comet. The Rosetta Probe included a small disc with 13,000 pages of information in 1,500 human languages – many of them being scripture portions.

When the first scriptures arrived on the moon the full Bible was available in less than 270 language. By 2014 that had risen to 531 and some scripture was available in nearly 3,000 languages. Today there are 3,380 languages with published portions of which nearly 700 have a full Bible.

Digital distribution of scripture is easier these days but people still risk there lives getting Bibles to places and to people hear on earth, and prayer is still a vital part of the mission.


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