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NASA marks 40th anniversary of Apollo 8 mission to the Moon
Apollo 8 astronaut William Anders, Lunar Module (LM) pilot adjusts his helmet as he suits up for the Apollo 8 mission on December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first manned mission to the moon and entered lunar orbit 40 years ago on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1968. (UPI Photo/NASA/MSFC)
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William Alison Anders (born October 17, 1933) is a former United States Air Force officer and NASA astronaut. He is, along with Apollo 8 crewmates Frank Borman and Jim Lovell, one of the first three persons to have left Earth orbit and traveled to the Moon (of only 24 people to date).

Anders was born to Arthur Anders and Muriel Adams Anders in Hong Kong and was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Anders attended St. Martin's Academy and Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California.

He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1955 and a Master of Science degree in nuclear engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1962. Anders completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1979.

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