Recovering Apollo 8

Belleville resident Melvin Bien shows off photographs and other artifacts from Dec. 27, 1968, when he was stationed on the Navy aircraft carrier that recovered the Apollo 8 space capsule.
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Belleville resident Melvin Bien shows off photographs and other artifacts from Dec. 27, 1968, when he was stationed on the Navy aircraft carrier that recovered the Apollo 8 space capsule.

Teri Maddox has been a reporter for 35 years, joining the Belleville News-Democrat in 1990. She also teaches journalism at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park. She holds degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and University of Wisconsin-Madison.