Astronaut Bill Anders Who Took Iconic ‘Earthrise’ Photo Dies in Plane Crash

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Apollo 8 astronaut Bill Anders who captured the iconic Earthrise photo while orbiting the Moon on a spacecraft has tragically died in a plane crash.

Anders took the photo (included below since it is a taxpayer-funded NASA photo and in the public domain by definition) with a Hasselblad 500 EL camera and a 250mm lens.

From the article linked below: "The first image was shot using custom 70mm Kodak Ektachrome black-and-white film. A subsequent photo was shot using color film. After the Apollo 8 mission had finished, Anders famously said: 'We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.'"

More details on the crash here:


720px-NASA-Apollo8-Dec24-Earthrise.jpeg
(Image in the public domain. Attribution: By NASA/Bill Anders - http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office/pao/History/alsj/a410/AS8-14-2383HR.jpg,
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=306267)
 
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