The Seattle Times

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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

The first humans to ride a powerful Saturn V rocket into space were stunned by the ferocity of the rocket lifting off from Kennedy Space Center on the morning of Dec. 21, 1968. In a word: "Violent," says Anders, who says nobody at NASA knew to prepare the rocket's first human crew for the tremendous noise and physical trauma of the liftoff.