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William Alison Anders
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Born October 17, 1933 (1933-10-17) (age 87)
Status Retired
Nationality United States
Occupation Engineer
Space career
NASA Astronaut
Rank Major General, USAF
Time in space
6d 03h 00m
Selection 1963 NASA Group
Missions Apollo 8
Mission insignia

William Alison Anders (born October 17, 1933 in Hong Kong) is a former United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut, businessman, and engineer. He is was a member of the Apollo 8 space mission. Anders, Frank Borman and Jim Lovell were some of the astronauts the to leave the orbit of the Earth and go to the Moon.

The crew took the first pictures taken of the earth from the Moon.

The Anders crater on the Moon is named in his honor.

He has a wife named Valerie E. Hoard. He has six children, Alan, Glen, Gregory, Eric, Gayle and Daina.

He was a fighter pilot and an air defence commander. He received a bachelor of science degree and a master of science degree in Nuclear Engineering. He graduated from Naval Academy. In 1964, NASA selected him as an astronaut with important responsibilities.

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