NASA HISTORY: Apollo 11 Splashes Down 53 Years Ago After Historic Moon Landing Days Earlier
By NASA History // July 25, 2022
ABOVE VIDEO: Watch the original CBS News coverage of the Apollo 11 splashdown on July 24, 1969.
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.
Millions of Americans tuned in to watch asanchored CBS News coverage of the triumphant conclusion of the Apollo 11 moon mission.
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