Apollo Space Capsule!
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On the hanger deck of the U.S.S. Hornet is this display of the Apollo space capsules retrieved from the ocean by the Hornet.
She recovered the second Apollo space capsule (left side of image), which was unmanned. Hornet made her most significant contribution to the Apollo program when she recovered the astronauts from the first moon landing mission, Apollo 11 (center), on 24 July 1969. President Nixon was on board to welcome the returning astronauts back to Earth, where they lived in quarantine aboard Hornet prior to transfer to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at Houston. The first steps on Earth of returning moonwalkers Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, with Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, are marked on her hangar deck, as part of her Apollo program exhibit. Hornet once again served in the space program with the recovery of Apollo 12 on 24 November 1969. Returning moonwalkers Charles Conrad, Jr. and Alan L. Bean, and command module pilot Richard F. Gordon, Jr., were picked up from their splashdown point near American Samoa. The Airstream trailer in the right of the image is the trailer in which the astronauts were quarantined after splashdown.