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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

With a view from beyond the moon, an astronaut talks religion, politics and possibilities

"We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth," retired Apollo 8 astronaut and Orcas Island resident Bill Anders says of the famed image he captured of a fragile blue Earth rising above the surface of the moon, viewed from the space capsule on Dec. 24, 1968. The photo, flipped in a more traditional horizontal orientation by NASA technicians, captured the imagination of the world as "Earthrise." Anders says this orientation of the image is the most faithful to what the astronauts actually saw.