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MG William Alison “Bill” Anders

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MG William Alison “Bill” Anders Famous memorial Veteran

Birth
Hong Kong
Death
7 Jun 2024 (aged 90)
San Juan County, Washington, USA
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Astronaut. He was best known as a member of the Apollo 8 crew, which was the first crewed voyage around the Moon. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1955. Later, he received a commission in the United States Air Force and obtained a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, in 1962. In 1963, he was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the third group of astronauts. He later was a part of the Apollo 8 crew in late December of 1968, which included fellow astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell, and remained in an orbit about 70 miles (112 km) above the surface of the Moon for about 20 hours, transmitting television pictures back to Earth and verifying that lunar landmarks could be used for navigation to lunar landing sites. On one of Apollo 8's orbits of the Moon, he took the famous "Earthrise" photograph. After the Apollo 8 mission, he resigned from NASA and the Air Force in 1969 to become executive secretary of the National Aeronautics and Space Council. He went on to serve in various positions such as a member of the Atomic Energy Commission (1973 to 1974) and of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1974 to 1976); U.S. ambassador to Norway (1976 to 1977); general manager of the Nuclear Products Division of General Electric Company (1977 to 1980); general manager of the Aircraft Equipment Division of General Electric (1980 to 1984); vice president at Textron (1984 to 1990); and vice chairman and then chief executive officer at General Dynamics (1990 to 1994). He passed away in a plane crash off the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

Astronaut. He was best known as a member of the Apollo 8 crew, which was the first crewed voyage around the Moon. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, in 1955. Later, he received a commission in the United States Air Force and obtained a master's degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, in 1962. In 1963, he was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the third group of astronauts. He later was a part of the Apollo 8 crew in late December of 1968, which included fellow astronauts Frank Borman and James Lovell, and remained in an orbit about 70 miles (112 km) above the surface of the Moon for about 20 hours, transmitting television pictures back to Earth and verifying that lunar landmarks could be used for navigation to lunar landing sites. On one of Apollo 8's orbits of the Moon, he took the famous "Earthrise" photograph. After the Apollo 8 mission, he resigned from NASA and the Air Force in 1969 to become executive secretary of the National Aeronautics and Space Council. He went on to serve in various positions such as a member of the Atomic Energy Commission (1973 to 1974) and of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (1974 to 1976); U.S. ambassador to Norway (1976 to 1977); general manager of the Nuclear Products Division of General Electric Company (1977 to 1980); general manager of the Aircraft Equipment Division of General Electric (1980 to 1984); vice president at Textron (1984 to 1990); and vice chairman and then chief executive officer at General Dynamics (1990 to 1994). He passed away in a plane crash off the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

Bio by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye




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