22 October 1968, 11:11:48 UTC

The Apollo 7 command module descends to the surface of the Atlantic Ocean under three parachutes, 22 October 1968. (NASA)
The Apollo 7 command module descends to the surface of the Atlantic Ocean under three parachutes, 22 October 1968. (NASA)

22 October 1968, 11:11:48 UTC: The first manned mission of the Apollo Program, Apollo 7, “splashed down” in the North Atlantic Ocean. The three man crew, Walter M. Schirra, Donn F. Eisele, and R. Walter Cunningham, had completed 163 orbits in 10 days, 20 hours, 9 minutes, 3 seconds. The spacecraft landed 7 nautical miles (13 kilometers) from the recovery ship, USS Essex (CVS-9).

The crew of Apollo 7 on the flight deck of USS Essex (CVS-9), 22 October 1968. Left to right, Captain Walter M. Schirra, USN; Major Donn F. Eisele, USAF; Major R. Walter Cunningham, USMC. (NASA)
The crew of Apollo 7 on the flight deck of USS Essex (CVS-9), 22 October 1968. Left to right, Captain Walter M. Schirra, USN; Major Donn F. Eisele, USAF; Major R. Walter Cunningham, USMC. (NASA)

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