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.

Bob Fish

Bob Fish, author of Hornet Plus Three

"Bob Fish has created an accurately recorded and elegantly illustrated history of a not-so-well-known but vitally important component of the race to the Moon" —Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 Mission Commander

Bob Fish has been a Trustee and Apollo Curator for the USS Hornet Museum since 2000. He is a major proponent of the educational and community outreach aspects of Hornet’s heritage, with an emphasis on the science and technology achievements of the 1960s space race to the Moon.

NASA did a great job of educating Americans about the launch, flight, and lunar excursion activities of the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 missions, but very little was known about the splashdown and recovery events. Working closely with the Smithsonian Institute, NASA, and the Navy, Bob created the Museum’s spacecraft recovery exhibit, the only one of its kind in the world. It includes a flown Apollo command module, a real Mobile Quarantine Facility, an actual Biological Isolation Garment, and an SH3 Sea King helicopter that’s exactly like the one used to retrieve these astronauts from the ocean’s surface.

Bob spent seven years researching the facts behind the Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 recoveries. He traveled extensively, and particularly sought out the “command element” to get a firm understanding of why things happened as they did. His book Hornet Plus Three—The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery is the written result of his research. It has insightful information from many sources, including:

RADM Carl Seiberlich                     Chris Lamb
(CO, USS Hornet)                         (XO, USS Hornet)

Neil Armstrong                             John Stonesifer
(Apollo 11 Commander, NASA)       (Quarantine Director, NASA)

ADM Chuck Larson                        Clancy Hatleberg
(Nixon’s Naval Aide)                      (OIC - UDT-11)

Chuck Smiley                               Don Blair
(XO, HS-4)                                  (Mutual Radio)

Bob’s book is available in the Museum’s Ship Store, and he will be signing copies of it from 3:30pm–5:00pm after a short presentation. Key members of the actual Apollo 11 Recovery Team will also provide eyewitness accounts, answer questions from the audience and be available to sign Hornet Plus Three.

Bob’s book is available in the Museum’s Ship Store, and he will be signing copies of it from 3:30pm–5:00pm after a short presentation. Key members of the actual Apollo 11 Recovery Team will also provide eyewitness accounts, answer questions from the audience and be available to sign Hornet Plus Three.

For insights about his complex research effort, click on the book cover above.

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.
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