The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award

 

William A. Anders
Apollo 8 Astronaut

William A. Anders

Frank Borman
James A. Lovell, Jr.
William A. Anders

In recognition of their scientific and technological achievement as the first humans to circumnavigate the moon in December 1968. The pioneering flight of 147 hours covered a total distance of 590,000 miles and included ten orbits of the moon.

"For the last four years, anytime I've looked up at the moon I've thought about what it would be like to be flying around it and landing on it."

William A. Anders
BS, U.S. naval Academy
MS, Air Force Institute of Technology

Year of Award: 1969