Photo – Apollo/Saturn (A/S)-11 – 500 Ft. Above Water – Chutes Deployed

Apollo 9 spacecraft approaching splashdown with parachutes deployed
Historical DateJanuary 1, 1969
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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.