In 1969, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet recovered the first two NASA missions that landed men on the moon – Apollo 11 and Apollo 12. The ship is the largest surviving artifact from these incredible events, which are among the most important in the history of humankind.
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon by attending Splashdown 2009 on the USS Hornet -- the primary recovery ship for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions.
Splashdown 2009 will showcase Hornet’s role in the recovery part of the Apollo missions, as well as exhibiting other spacecraft recovery missions performed by the US Navy in support of the Mercury, Gemini, Skylab and Soyuz launches.
Visitors will see how this generation of Americans were inspired by a shared vision and how numerous organizations stretched to reach this lofty goal. The four-day festival will include opportunities for visitors to meet various representatives from NASA and the space industry including astronauts, key naval officers, recovery pilots, and former USS Hornet crew.
Don’t Miss This Opportunity
On Saturday, July 25th, the featured speaker will be former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 11 and the 2nd man to walk on the moon.The USS Hornet will serve as a premier platform for the release of Buzz Aldrin’s newest book: “Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon.” The book is a memoir about his triumphs in space and the hard times back on Earth. Following his public speech, Buzz will be signing copies of his new book for the first time in the SF Bay Area.
In addition, Bob Fish, Apollo curator for the USS Hornet Museum, will be available to sign his new book, “Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery.” This book is the first authoritative story of the Navy’s support of America’s race to the Moon and contains personal information from members of the “command element.”