We Have Splashdown: Apollo 12 Returns Safely, 1969

Apollo 12 was the second manned mission to the moon and the sixth manned flight in the Apollo program. The Apollo 12 astronauts retrieved instruments from the Surveyor III spacecraft which had landed on the moon in 1967 in order to examine the long term effects of exposure to the lunar environment.

The Apollo 12 command module close to splashdown in Pacific Ocean. Photo from http://science.ksc.nasa.gov.

After 31.5 hours in orbit and 89 hours in lunar orbit, the crew successfully returned to Earth; their naval recovery ship was the USS Hornet.

Navy assists Apollo 12 crew after splashdown, which occurred at 3:58 pm EST.

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