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Apollo 15: First Moon Buggy Celebrates 45th Anniversary

Apollo 15 Returns to Earth


Apollo 15 was the fourth successful mission in which humans walked on the moon. The astronauts returned to Earth on Aug. 7, 1971. The Apollo 15 command module is shown here, splashing down in the mid-Pacific Ocean.

A Successful Mission


After being picked up by helicopter, the three Apollo 15 crew members were flown to the prime recovery ship, USS Okinawa, located about 6.5 miles (10 km) away. They were welcomed home at Ellington Air Force Base (EAFB) in Houston, Texas.

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