William Anders

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Birthday
17, 1933
Birthplace
Hong Kong, China
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
17, 1933 (age 84)
Birthplace
Hong Kong, China

About

Apollo 8 pilot who was among the first people to travel from Earth to the Moon.

Before Fame

He was selected to join the Apollo 8 crew after one of the original astronauts had to drop out due to sickness.

Trivia

On Christmas Eve, 1968, he read a passage to his crew from the Book of Genesis while orbiting around the Moon.

Family Life

He married Valerie Hoard in 1955, and together they had four sons and two daughters.

Associated With

He and Edgar D. Mitchell were two of 24 people to reach the moon in the 50 years since the first landing.