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POSTED: June 9, 2024

Yesterday, according to the AP News website,

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.

Anders once said that “We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth”.