Apollo 7's astronauts rode their spacecraft to an upside-down landing in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday (22 Oct) 330 miles southwest of Bermuda.
Apollo 7's astronauts rode their spacecraft to an upside-down landing in the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday (22 Oct) 330 miles southwest of Bermuda. Searchers had twenty anxious minutes before the located the spacecraft floating safely in gentle seas.
Walter Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham rode a helicopter from their spacecraft to the deck of the aircraft carrier Essex less than an hour after they splashed down in the Atlantic. Their capsule had parachuted to a landing just eighteen miles north of the Essex, but heavy clouds and a light rain hampered recovery operations. All three astronauts looked tired and a bit shaky, but otherwise seemed in good physical condition.
Apollo's 7 successful splashdown ended the most perfect manned space voyage in the history of the United States' space program. With its success, Apollo 7 apparently cleared virtually every barrier to a round-the-moon flight by American astronauts in December. U.S. space officials said they would make a firm decision about this flight in about a month.