Splashdown 45 - USS Hornet Museum Celebrates Apollo 11 Anniversary

Honoring the Past… Inspiring the Future…

This site is devoted to the public commemoration of the Apollo 11 moon mission --  the first time humans walked on the moon and their safe recovery by the aircraft carrier USS Hornet upon their return to Earth. Visit here for the latest updates and information about the special guests, schedule of events, exhibits and activities, ticket packages, and more.

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SPLASHDOWN 45 Event Overview
Saturday, July 26, 2014

Featuring Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin
and S.F. Bay Area astronaut Yvonne Cagle!

10:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. | DAYTIME EVENT


6:00 P.M.–7:00 P.M. | VIP RECEPTION


SPLASHDOWN 45 is a one-day festival at the USS Hornet Museum celebrating the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 11 and man’s first steps on the moon. USS HORNET (CVS-12) was the primary recovery ship for the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 lunar landing missions.

Three Ticket Options Available:

Background & Mission

Official Apollo 11 moon mission emblem.jpg

In 1969, the aircraft carrier USS Hornet CVS-12 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 acknowledged to be among the most important in the history of humankind. As the premiere sea, air, and space museum of the San Francisco Bay Area, the USS Hornet Museum will commemorate the 45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar-landing space mission on July 26, 2014, with a festival entitled “Splashdown 45.”

Splashdown 45 will showcase the USS Hornet’s role in the recovery part of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions, as well as exhibiting other spacecraft recovery missions performed by the U.S. Navy in support. The 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. Visitors will see how this generation of Americans was inspired by a shared vision and how numerous organizations stretched to reach this lofty goal.

Buzz Aldrin enjoys Hornet+3 sign on MQF at Splashdown 2009 | Photo by Susan Wood — More photos

Buzz Aldrin enjoys Hornet+3 sign on MQF at Splashdown 2009 | Photo by Susan Wood — More photos

This nationally recognized one-day event will highlight various sciences and technologies connected with past American human space exploration programs. This summer, however, we will also investigate upcoming U.S. space exploration goals in terms of future missions to the moon or Mars. The overall goal is to educate the public and inspire youth to gain degrees in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Buzz Aldrin's Official NASA Portrait

Buzz Aldrin's Official NASA Portrait

The 2014 anniversary event will feature Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin and a number of NASA and Navy recovery personnel. Several Bay Area science and technology institutions have partnered with the USS Hornet Museum to stimulate public interest in space exploration. Tickets are available for both a daytime educational event open to the general public and a more intimate VIP evening event.

Join us on the USS Hornet Museum as we celebrate mankind’s remarkable achievements!

Check this website for updates and more information about the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11 as details continue to develop.




The USS Hornet Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and a registered State and National Historic Landmark. 
The Museum's official website is www.uss-hornet.org.
USS HORNET MUSEUM • 707 W. Hornet Ave, Pier 3 • Alameda, CA 94501 • (510) 521-8448