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Earthrise

Victor R Morris

December 5, 2013

Earthrise

The image that most inspired my interest in space was the photo taken by the crew of Apollo 8 of the earth rising over the moon’s horizon. When the US manned space program began, I was only 4 years old but would stay up late or wake up early with my dad to watch the news coverage by Walter Cronkite. I soon after received my first telescope and became an amateur astronomer. At the age of 10, when I saw that first image of the Earth rising over the lunar surface, I was enthralled and knew I would have a career in science. I majored in astronomy as an undergraduate but my interest was much more in planets and their atmospheres than in distant stars so I switched to atmospheric science, working with the meteorological data from the Viking landers on Mars. I’m still working as an atmospheric scientist today, 45 years after seeing that first image of Earthrise.

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David Czuba: 12/18/2013 09:29 CST

Earthrise hung in my office in Buffalo, New York for years. Then I moved West to Bellingham, Washington State. Soon after the move, I paid a serendipitous visit to the hangar of the Heritage Flight Museum near the airport. The museum displayed a case full of Apollo 8 memorabilia. When I asked the director about it, she said that it belonged to Bill Anders. "There his is." she pointed, "He's coming down the stairs." He was eating from a bag of chips. As I moved to shake his hand, he looked me up and down, and extended his hand, but a rude guy pushed his way past me and took Bill's attention. Anders lives on one of the San Juan Islands. My wife, who owns an eco-friendly housekeeping business, used to care for Greg Anders home. I just learned that the Heritage Flight Museum is moving to the Skagit airport, which is good news. It's still relatively near the area. However, flybys of their P-51 Mustang and A-1 Skyraider, SNJ-4, and T6 might be missed over Bellingham.

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