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William Anders

William Anders

  • Status: Retired
  • In Space: No
  • Date of Birth: 10/17/1933
  • First Flight: 12/21/1968
  • Last Flight: 12/21/1968


William Anders, a American astronaut affiliated with the government agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration, embarked on 1 space flights and engaging in 0 spacewalks during his/her career as an astronaut.

William Alison “Bill” Anders is a retired United States Air Force Major general, former electrical engineer, nuclear engineer, NASA astronaut, and businessman. He is known for being one of the first three persons to leave low Earth orbit and travel to the Moon in Apollo 8 along with fellow astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell as well as for photographing the iconic image, Earthrise. Apart from his professional and military careers, Anders was the U.S. Ambassador to Norway from 1976 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford.

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