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From: San Diego
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posted 12-08-2012 02:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for FFrench     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I enjoyed reading this interview - and even more, the part two where a less-edited Bill talks about current events.
The passage of time has rounded the sharp edges of some details. But on certain nights, Maj. Gen. William A. Anders, USAF, Ret., stands outside his Orcas Island home, gazes across the ink-black night sky over San Juan Channel and feels a brilliant new moon pull his mind all the way back into its orbit.

When you are one of the first three of your species to leave your planet and travel to another, certain things tend to stick with you, even a half-century later. For Anders, the brightest highlights of his historic flight on Apollo 8, from the Earth to the moon, 44 years ago this month, are more vivid than the most recent mooring of his boat, Apogee, at Deer Harbor.

It's what happens when you cast the first human eyes on the pockmarked back side of the moon. Or see the Earth from farther away in space than anyone before and capture its fragility in a photograph that alters forever the way Earthlings view their own planet.

"My mind is getting fuzzier," Anders, 79 going on 59, says with a chuckle. "But various things stick. Particularly when I look over here at this horizon and I see that it's a very new moon. You get a little hair standing up on the back of your neck. Because that's the way it was when we went there."


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posted 12-08-2012 02:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AstroAutos   Click Here to Email AstroAutos     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Agreed, both excellent reads!

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posted 12-08-2012 05:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaced out   Click Here to Email spaced out     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great reads.

You get used to hearing the same viewpoints from a handful of vociferous Apollo astronauts so it's very refreshing to hear a different viewpoint from someone that's been at the sharp end of the Apollo program and in industry. Whether you agree with him or not he tells it like he feels it.


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posted 12-11-2012 06:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very good article. However I disagree that the film "The Sand Pebbles" was based on the Panay Incident.

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