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Former astronaut William Anders, who took iconic Earthrise photo, killed in Washington plane crash

Former astronaut William Anders, who took iconic Earthrise photo, killed in Washington plane crash
8 June 2024 17:47

SEATTLE (WAM)

William Anders, the former Apollo 8 astronaut who took the iconic “Earthrise” photo showing the planet as a shadowed blue marble from space in 1968, was killed Friday when the plane he was piloting alone plummeted into the waters off the San Juan Islands in Washington state. He was 90, the Associated Press reported.

His son, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Greg Anders, confirmed the death to the news agency.

“The family is devastated,” he said. “He was a great pilot, and we will miss him terribly.”

William Anders, a retired major general, has said the photo was his most significant contribution to the space programme along with making sure the Apollo 8 command module and service module worked.

The photograph, the first colour image of Earth from space, is one of the most important photos in modern history for the way it changed how humans viewed the planet. The photo is credited with sparking the global environmental movement for showing how delicate and isolated Earth appeared from space.

Source: WAM
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