William Anders is an American astronaut who was born on October 17, 1933 in Hong
Kong. Before he became an astronaut, Anders was an Air Force pilot. He logged
over 5000 hours of flight time.
Anders became an astronaut in 1963. He has spent over 148 hours in space.
Anders made only one spaceflight, aboard Apollo 8 in 1968.
Apollo 8 was the first mission that left the Earth and orbited the moon. The
spacecraft had a Saturn 5 rocket, the most powerful rocket ever used in space.
On Christmas Eve, Anders and the rest of the Apollo 8 crew pulled into lunar
orbit. They circled the moon 10 times and became the first humans to see the
dark side of the moon.
In 1977, Anders resigned from NASA and became a CEO of the General Electric
Company. He currently works for the General Dynamics company, which builds
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