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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum relives highlights from mission 49 years later. Terms of Use:
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
The crew is aboard the recovery ship, ready to enter the quarantine facility and be greeted by President Nixon.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Swim 2: “The astronauts are in a cheerful mood. They are waving at the photographers.”
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Each astronaut is being scrubbed down before entering the raft; Hornet is less than a mile away.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
All 3 crew members are out, helping secure and spray decontaminant around the hatch of the ship.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Hornet reports it is 7 miles from spacecraft; crew asks that recovery “take your sweet time. We’re doing just fine in here”.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Columbia upside-down; the flotation bags will right the ship in 8-10 minutes. Swim 1 ready to deploy swimmers.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Splashdown! Columbia is in the water, waiting for the flotation bags to inflate and the recovery crew to move in.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Hornet has contact with ; Armstrong reporting that they are “4,000-3,500 feet, on the way down”.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Hornet reports a sonic boom a short time ago; 4 minutes to landing. should be on main chutes now.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Drogue parachutes have been deployed! The recovery team has visual contact with , Houston still waiting on communications.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
It’s getting hot in here! Columbia has reentered Earth’s atmosphere.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
The Service Module has been jettisoned in preparation for entry into Earth’s atmosphere.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
Apollo 11’s distance is 3,000 miles; speed 26,685 ft/s. In the next 20 mins, will add almost 10,000 ft/s to that figure.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
PAO: Backup helicopter number 64, designated Swim Two, will perform Swim One duties if needed.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
is now only 6,509 miles away, approaching at 21,366 feet per second.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
PAO: 2 crewmen of helicopter 66, Recovery One, will help astronauts into the helicopter:
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
is currently 7,512 miles from Earth, velocity 20,304 feet per second.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
PAO: Recovery One swimmer will deploy wearing biological isolation garment (BIG). He will hand BIGs to crew through hatch.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
PAO: After flotation collar, Swim 1 moves away from CM while helicopter number 66 (Recovery One) deploys 1 swimmer.
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Apollo 11 Jul 24
PAO: Swim 1 is helicopter number 53. 3 swimmers from that helo are expected to place flotation collar on.
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