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Sunday, December 23, 2012

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

"When you are one of the first three of your species to leave your planet and travel to another, certain things tend to stick with you, even a half-century later. For William Anders, the brightest highlights of his historic flight on Apollo 8, from the Earth to the moon, 44 years ago this month, are vivid," writes journalist Ron Judd for The Seattle Times recently.

Each year at this time, many still recall the Christmas-eve television message from space, as the crew of Apollo 8 cricled the moon gazing back at "the good Earth." It was a profound moment in history as humanity discovered their planet - as if it were for the first time.

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