Apollo 11 National Geographic Signed By Neil Armstrong,buzz Aldrin And M.collins
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Apollo 11 National Geographic Signed By Neil Armstrong,buzz Aldrin And M.collins:
Apollo 11 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINEAUTOGRAPHED BY NEIL ARMSTRONG, BUZZALDRIN AND MICHAEL COLLINS certified bySTARABILIAS with certificate of authenticity (DISNEYWORLD-DOWNTOWN DISNEY)NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Vol. 136, NO. 6 DECEMBER1969 “FIRST EXPLORERS ON THE MOON the incredible story ofApollo 11 in five parts” beautifully framed with an archival color photoof the Apollo astronauts in quarantine aboard the USS HORNET. Thepossibility of the astronauts bringing a dangerous Moon germ back toEarth was considered remote, but not impossible. At this point in therecovery, the UDT decontamination specialist, LT Clancy Hatleberg,jumped into the water from helicopter #66 and swam to one of therafts. He donned a special Biological Isolation Garment (BIG suit) andthen handed 3 other BIG suits into the spacecraft so the Apollo 11crew could put them on. These suits created an effective biologicalbarrier for the astronauts who had come in contact with lunar dust soany germs wouldn't spread to the recovery team.Once the astronauts were "bagged," in their head-to-toe garments,Hatleberg assisted each one through the CM hatch into thedecontamination raft. After closing the hatch, he wiped the 3astronauts with a mitt doused with sodium-hypochlorite, a bleach-likeagent, to ensure the outside of their BIGs was decontaminated fromany lunar germs. In turn, one of them scrubbed him. Hatleberg thenwiped parts of the CM with betadine to clean off any dust that mightbe present. NASA considered it very important to contain anypossible outside contaminates at the scene of the splashdown.Hatleberg signaled CDR Don Jones, pilot of helicopter #66 toposition his SeaKing for the astronaut retrieval process. When thehelicopter was hovering 40 feet above and slightly to the left of thespacecraft, the air crewmen in the cargo hold lowered a Billy Pughrescue net down to the raft. The 3 astronauts were hoisted up one at atime and given a verbal physical check by NASA flight surgeon Dr. BillCarpentier. When all 3 were aboard, the helicopter flew 1/2 mile backto the Hornet and landed on the flight deck. President Nixon and hisstaff watched intently from the ship's Flag Bridge.Once Recovery One's engines were shut down and it was configuredfor shipboard handling, all but one member of the SeaKing's crewexited. With the 3 astronauts and NASA doctor in back, it was towedonto elevator #2. "Helo 66" was lowered into hangar bay #2 and towedto a position adjacent to the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). Theastronauts exited into bright TV lights and cheers of hundreds ofship's crewmen. They walked briskly about 30 feet to the MobileQuarantine Facility, where they were locked in.The astronauts replaced their BIG suits with NASA flight suits andwere given a more thorough physical exam by the doctor. Once theywere ready, President Nixon descended from the Flag Bridge andstood by the front doorway. There, with 500 million people around theworld watching on live TV, the President welcomed the lunarexplorers back to Earth. The ceremony lasted about 10 minutes with alot of light-hearted banter going back and forth. The Presidentremarked how the world seemed bigger now but that its populationnever felt as close together as they did watching the mission unfold.After the astronauts left the splashdown scene, the UDTdecontamination equipment was placed in the "decon" raft and sunk.Columbia was readied for its own retrieval. As soon as PresidentNixon had departed, the 44,000-ton ship maneuvered carefully andcrept alongside the 5-ton spacecraft. Once the CM was abreast of theisland superstructure, a shot line was thrown to the UDT personnel ontop of the bobbing spacecraft. Within a few minutes, the ship's Boat &Aircraft crane had "reeled" it near the starboard elevator and pluckedit from the tropic waters. The flight of Apollo 11 had ended.The USS Hornet (CVS-12) was selected by the Navy as the PrimeRecovery Ship (PRS) for Apollo 11, America's first lunar landingmission. On July 24, 1969, President Richard Nixon, ADM John S.McCain (CINCPAC) and a number of other dignitaries were presentwhile Hornet recovered astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin andMichael Collins and their spacecraft Columbia. Armstrong and Aldrinwere the first two humans to walk on the Moon.The Navy units embarked on the USS Hornet that participated in theApollo 11 recovery were: Helicopter Anti-submarine WarfareSquadron Four (HS-4) flying the Sikorsky SeaKing SH-3D helicopter;Underwater Demolition Teams Eleven and Twelve (UDT-11 andDT-12); Airborne Early Warning Squadron VAW-111 flying theGrumman E-1B Tracer, and Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VR-30flying the Grumman C-1A Trader.