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William Alison Anders
Born: October 17, 1933
Birth Place: Hong Kong, China

Date Joined NASA: October 17, 1963
Year Left NASA: 1969

Space Flights: 1
Time in Space: 6.13 days

Number of EVAs: 0

William Anders


  • Gemini 11
    Assignment: Backup Crew
  • Apollo 8
    Assignment: Prime Crew
    Flight Duration: 6.13 days
  • Apollo 11
    Assignment: Backup Crew


  • Received a Bachelor of Science degree from the US Naval Academy (1955)
  • Commissioned in the US Air Force as a fighter pilot.
  • After receiving a Master of Science Degree, Anders was assigned to the Air Force Weapons laboratory and given responsibility for technical management of nuclear power reactor shielding and radiation effects programs
  • Replaced Michael Collins as a crew member of Apollo 8 after Collins became ill. Along with Frank Borman and James Lovell, Anders became one of the first three humans to ever travel from the Earth to the Moon.
  • Left NASA in 1969 and served as the executive secretary of the National Aeronautics and Space Council from 1969 - 1973.
  • Appointed to the Atomic Energy Commission in 1973.
  • In 1975 he was chosen by President Ford to become the first Chairman of the new Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • Appointed the US Ambassador to Norway.
  • Left the US government in 1977. He worked for a number of large corporations including General Electric, Textron, and General Dynamics which he retired from in 1996.
  • He is President and Director of the Anders Foundation, which is a philanthropic organisation.
  • Holds the rank of Major General in the Air Force Reserve.

Information provided by Mark Wades Encyclopedia Astronautica

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