Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Day and Date, Time and Place

 

William Anders took the photo you see above.  He was an astronaut aboard Apollo 8, and their mission was to circle the moon.  It was part of the sequence that led to the Apollo 11 moon landing the next year.

Anders died in a plane crash in Washington Friday.  He was 90 years old.

Let me tell you why the photo was so beautiful, so magical, so special, so important...

It was snapped on Christmas Eve of 1968, at the end of a horrible year.  MLK and RFK were assassinated.  The Democratic National Convention in Chicago showed how divided this nation was.  Violence in the streets.  Cities burned.  The horror of the war in Vietnam was broadcast into our homes every night.

I still remember sitting with my dad, watching Walter Cronkite every night.

Even as a little kid, I could see things weren't right.  It was frightening.

Anders' photo caused all of us to pause for a moment, take a breath, stand in awe of the universe, and it gave us a little hope.

William Anders, thank you.