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Photographer and former astronaut William Anders dies – News

Photographer and former astronaut William Anders dies – News

'Earthrise' cameraman and former astronaut William Anders dies – News – SRF


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  • Former US astronaut William Anders, who took one of the most iconic photographs in space history, has died.
  • He died when a small plane he was piloting crashed into the sea northwest of the US coastal city of Seattle, US media reported, citing his son.
  • Anders was 90 years old. It is said that he was traveling alone on the plane. The incident is being investigated by authorities.

In 1968, Anders was part of Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the Moon, but without a landing. On Christmas Eve, he managed to capture an “Earthrise” photo, where the moon can be seen in the foreground and the Earth, so to speak, rises in the background. The photo changed humanity's view of our planet. It has become a symbol of the Earth's fragility and isolation, and many even see it as a catalyst for the environmental movement.

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AP/NASA/William Anders

“Anders has given humanity one of the most profound gifts an astronaut can give,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson commented on the X online platform. “He has traveled to the doorstep of the Moon and helped us all see something different: he embodies ourselves.” Lessons and purpose of exploration. “We will miss him.”

After his work at NASA, Anders worked, among other things, as a presidential advisor and ambassador to the United States and at several nuclear energy and aerospace companies. He most recently lived in the San Juan Islands on the northwest coast of the United States. Anders was married with six children.

An older man in a suit in front of a technical device.

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William Anders died at the age of 90 (Photo: 20 July 2004)

AFP Photos/Manuel Bals Sinita

SRF News 4, June 8, 2024, 5:00 AM;

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