• Short Summary

    APOLLO ELEVEN ASTRONAUTS NEIL ARMSTRONG, EDWIN ALDRIN AND MICHAEL COLLINS SPLASHED DOWN SAFELY IN THEIR CAPSULE RIGHT ON TARGET IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN TODAY (THURSDAY) ENDING THEIR HISTORY-MAKING EIGHT-DAY FLIGHT TO THE MOON AND BACK.

  • Description

    APOLLO ELEVEN ASTRONAUTS NEIL ARMSTRONG, EDWIN ALDRIN AND MICHAEL COLLINS SPLASHED DOWN SAFELY IN THEIR CAPSULE RIGHT ON TARGET IN THE PACIFIC OCEAN TODAY (THURSDAY) ENDING THEIR HISTORY-MAKING EIGHT-DAY FLIGHT TO THE MOON AND BACK. ON BOARD THE RECOVERY CARRIER USS HORNET, PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON WAS WAITING TO WELCOME THE THREE MOON TRAVELLERS AS THEY RETURNED TO THE EARTH.

    POOR WEATHER CONDITIONS HAD EARLIER FORCED MISSION CONTROL TO CHANGE THE SPLASHDOWN TARGET AREA 215 MILES (350 KGS) FROM THE ORIGINAL SITE 1,200 MILES (1,950 KGS) SOUTH-WEST OF HAWAII. THE SAME WEATHER AND CLOUD COVER PREVENTED TELEVISION VIEWERS ALL ROUND THE WORLD FROM SEEING THE ACTUAL SPLASHDOWN--ONE MILE FROM TARGET, BUT NINE MILES (15 KGS) FROM THE HORNET.

    THE APOLLO II SPACECRAFT HAD EARLIER RE-ENTERED THE EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE EXACTLY ON THE PATH CALCULATED AT A HEIGHT OF 400,000 FEET (123,000 METRES), AND AT A SPEED OF 24,680 MILES (39,500 KGS) AN HOUR.

    RADIO CONTACT WAS LOST AS USUAL AS THE SPACECRAFT STREAKED TOWARDS SPLASHDOWN, ITS HEAT SHIELD GLOWING BRIGHTLY ENOUGH TO BE SEEN BY A COMMUNICATIONS AIRCRAFT. THEN THE SPACECRAFT WAS SIGHTED FROM THE HORNET SHORTLY BEFORE IT LANDED, UPSIDE DOWN, IN THE SEA.

    SPECIAL FLOTATION BAGS RIGHTED THE MODULE AND THE CREW WAS REPORTED BY THE RECOVERY HELICOPTER HOVERING OVERHEAD TO BE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.

    AS THE SPACECRAFT CAPSULE WAS OPENED, BIOLOGICAL ISOLATION SUITS WERE PASSED IN TO THE ASTRONAUTS TO PREVENT CONTAMINATION OF THE EARTH BY POSSIBLE MOON GERMS, AND BEFORE BEING WINCHED ABOARD THE RECOVERY HELICOPTER, THEY WERE SCRUBBED WITH A DECONTAMINATION LIQUID.

    ABOARD THE HORNET, THE THREE MOON EXPLORERS STEPPED STRAIGHT FROM THE HELICOPTER TO A SPECIAL MOBILE QUARANTINE UNIT, IN WHICH THEY WILL BE ISOLATED WITH A DOCTOR AND ENGINEER FOR THE NEXT THREE WEEKS.

    THE COMMAND MODULE WAS ALSO BROUGHT ABOARD AND PLACED IN QUARANTINE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2W3J9B50KVJX97645V8Y9ZPW8
    Media URN:
    VLVA2W3J9B50KVJX97645V8Y9ZPW8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:19:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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