Photo - Apollo/Saturn (A/S)-11 - 500 Ft. Above Water - Chutes Deployed
Image Credit: NASA/JSC
Published: July 9, 2018
Historical Date: January 1, 1969
The Apollo 9 spacecraft, with astronauts James A. McDivitt, David R. Scott, and Russell L. Schweickart aboard, approaches touchdown in the Atlantic recovery area to conclude a successful 10-day Earth-orbital space mission. Splashdown occurred at 12:00:53 p.m. (EST), March 13, 1969, only 4.5 nautical miles from the prime recovery ship, USS Guadalcanal.