USS Hornet Remembers Apollo 12 Splashdown

United States Navy Underwater Demolition Team  swimmers stand by as one of them opens the hatch  to the Apollo 12 capsule during recovery operations in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 24, 1969.
Courtesy NASA - United States Navy Underwater Demolition Team swimmers stand by as one of them opens the hatch to the Apollo 12 capsule during recovery operations in the Pacific Ocean on Nov. 24, 1969.

USS Hornet Remembers Apollo 12 Splashdown

The USS Hornet Museum is holding an Apollo 12 Splashdown & Space Exploration Day event to celebrate the anniversary of the recovery of the Apollo 12 astronauts and Space Exploration this Saturday, Nov. 20.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Speakers Bob Fish and Dr. Seth Shostak will headline the event with a discussion on the Apollo program, Space Exploration and the SETI institute. The pair will also discuss the Pentagon report on UFOs and take questions and answers from guests.

Fish is the trustee emeritus of the USS Hornet board, chief historian and author of Hornet +3 about the Apollo 11 Shostak is a senior astronomer and institute fellow at the SETI Institute.

The event will also feature Star Wars costume clubs (take pictures with all your favorite characters!), local aerospace companies, a model rocket display and more. These are at no additional charge over the normal admission.

The Apollo 12 lunar landing mission took place on Nov. 24, 1969. Apollo 12 astronauts, Charles Conrad Jr., Richard F. Gordon Jr., and Alan L. Bean were recovered from the Pacific Ocean near American Samoa.

They exited their Apollo 12 Command Module and entered a nearby life raft with the assistance from a U.S. Navy underwater demolition team swimmer. From there, the astronauts were picked up by helicopter and transported to the USS Hornet. USS Hornet crewmembers retrieved the Command Module after the astronauts were onboard.

While on the USS Hornet, the three astronauts were greeted by Rear Admiral Donald C. David, Commander, Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force and a color guard.

Conrad was the commander of the Apollo 12 mission; Gordon was the command module pilot and Bean was the lunar module pilot.

Apollo 12 left from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Kennedy, Fla. on Nov. 14. It was the second manned lunar landing mission. For more information email Russell.moore@uss-hornet.org.