Apollo 8 Astronaut William Anders Dies At 90

Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, who took the iconic “Earthrise” photograph while in lunar orbit that showed the Earth from the moon’s surface, has died, NASA administrator Bill Nelson said Friday. He was 90.

Anders was piloting a Beechcraft plane that plummeted into the waters off the San Juan Islands in Washington state on Friday morning, authorities said. He was the only person onboard the aircraft and his body has since been recovered, according to the Coast Guard.

Earthrise – Apollo 8, December 24, 1968. This view of the rising Earth greeted the Apollo 8 astronauts as they came from behind the Moon after the fourth nearside orbit. The photo, by astronaut William Anders, is displayed here in its original orientation, though it is more commonly viewed with the lunar surface at the bottom of the photo.

“Bill Anders offered to humanity among the deepest of gifts an astronaut can give. He traveled to the threshold of the Moon and helped all of us see something else: ourselves. He embodied the lessons and the purpose of exploration. We will miss him,” Nelson said in a statement.

The Apollo 8 crew was composed of Commander Frank Borman, Lunar Module Pilot Anders and Command Module Pilot James Lovell. The three served as the crew for the first manned Apollo mission launched aboard the Saturn V and the crewmembers became the first humans to enter lunar orbit and travel to the far side of the moon.

Portrait of the crew of NASA’s Apollo 8, Florida, December 1968. Pictured are, from left, command module pilot James Lovell, lunar module pilot William Anders, and Commander Frank Borman. 바카라 바카라하는법 바카라규칙

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