On 9 April 1959, the selection of the first seven Mercury astronauts included three Naval Aviators (Scott Carpenter, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra) and one Marine Aviator (John Glenn). The seven Mercury astronauts are shown here in Houston, in a 1963 photo. From left: "Gordo" Cooper, Wally Schirra (partially obscured), Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, “Deke” Slayton and Scott Carpenter. Image courtesy of NASA.

Navy Photographer Tells the Story of Apollo 11 Recovery

A banging on my door at Naval Air Station, Imperial Beach, California, shook me out of a deep sleep. It was 4 AM. Bill Case, a Senior Chief Journalist, from Pacific Fleet Headquarters Hawaii, was there with a big smile on his face. He asked, “Is your bag packed? We’re leaving for the Apollo 11 recovery this morning.”