Video: NASA’s Animation Of 1968 Splash Down

November 24, 2019

After spending 10 days, 20 hours, nine minutes, and three seconds in space, the Apollo 7 space mission splashed down in the Atlantic 200 nautical miles off Bermuda at 7.11am on October 22, 1968.

The voyagers were picked up by helicopter and deposited on the deck of the USS Essex by 8:20am, and the spacecraft was aboard the ship at 9:03am.

The Apollo 7 space vehicle — crewed by Donn Eisele and Walt Cunningham and commanded by Wally Schirra — launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida on October 11, 1968.

The mission lasted 163 orbits with the crew being the first to beam live telecasts from orbit, and giving millions of people worldwide their first view of space.

An Apollo 7 crew member is hoisted up to a helicopter 200 miles off Bermuda in 1968:

nasa apollo 7 1968 landing

The vehicle experienced a normal deorbit, entry and landing sequence, coming down in the Atlantic Ocean southeast of Bermuda.

Apollo’s flotation bags had their first tryout when the spacecraft splashed down in the Atlantic southeast of Bermuda, less than 2 kilometers from the planned impact point.

Apollo 7′s success was largely credited with getting the Apollo program moving again after a fire inside Apollo 1 that took the lives of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White, and Roger Chaffee in 1967.

The astronauts of Apollo 7 were the only astronauts not to receive NASA’s Distinguished Service Medal after their mission. In 2008, NASA corrected this by presenting the medal to Walt Cunningham and posthumously to Schirra and Eisele.

Animation of the Apollo 7 mission from NASA:

When the space programme was in its infancy in the early 1960s, NASA used chimps to test how space flight would affect the human body.

One such chimp — named Enos — also splashed down off Bermuda in 1961 after orbiting the earth twice. He was brought to the island where tests were performed on him to see what impact space travel had on him.

Enos and his spacecraft were hauled aboard the recovery ship USS Stormes, and the ship dropped the chimpanzee astronaut at the Kindley Air Force Base hospital in Bermuda.

- Photos and videos via NASA

Read More About

Category: All, History, technology, Videos

Comments (1)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Boston Whaler Owner says:

    The History of the people that lived and worked in Bermuda is very much unknown to most of the school teachers,many will deny this,but it’s a fact.
    I think if our young people were taught by people that KNOW our history,they would be genuinely proud to be Bermudian instead of just saying it as a political statement to copy others that are saying Proud to be Bermudian,but when asked why,they either canot give any true answers or try to change the subject or answer with the regular Bermudian excuse
    “Oh I don’t know” and then ignoring and walking away.
    When students and young people do this,is simply shows pure ignorance to others.

    Bernews regular history articles are both Fascinating and Highly Informative.