Across the Bay, Alameda, California is home to an assortment of Navy ships including the USS Hornet. Commissioned in November 1943, the USS Hornet played an active role in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. She also served in the Korean War and Vietnam War before recovering astronauts returning from space as part of the Apollo program. It was this aspect of the ship that I found most interesting.
The USS Grand Canyon State in Alameda, California.
A small office for the ship’s doctor
One of the capsules used to return astronauts to earth during the Apollo program
When the first astronauts from the first lunar landing arrived back on earth, they held in quarantine in this Airstream on board the USS Hornet. Compare the Airstream as it is today aboard the USS Hornet to this historical photograph.
On Today’s Date in the Past: