THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Apollo 11 Splashes Down 50 Years Ago After Historic Moon Landing Days Earlier

By  //  July 24, 2019

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In this photo, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins have switched their white spacesuits for gray biological isolation garments. (NASA Image)

JULY 24, 1969 – In this photo, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins have switched their white spacesuits for gray biological isolation garments.

The crew was greeted by U.S. Navy First Lt. Clancy Hatleberg, the fourth man pictured here, and together they awaited pickup by a helicopter from the USS Hornet.

All four men then traveled 812 nautical miles back to Hawaii, and the Apollo 11 crew began a three-week-long quarantine period.

That’s a wrap for the mission, but don’t worry — the #Apollo50th anniversary isn’t over yet.

We’ll be keeping you updated with more post-splashdown milestones.

All four men then traveled 812 nautical miles back to Hawaii, and the Apollo 11 crew began a three-week-long quarantine period. (NASA Image)

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