Samoa and Apollo: Introduction
Greetings from American Samoa. The Samoa and Apollo web site is devoted to providing information and photographs of the Apollo missions that came through American Samoa.
American Samoa is the only U.S. Territory in the South Pacific. Ninety percent of the population is Samoan. The Samoans still have their traditional social structure and though most Samoans speak English the Samoan language is still their first language.
I have lived here for a total of eleven years as an archaeologist and deputy historic preservation officer for the local government. In the course of living here I found out that many of the Apollo missions to the moon of the late '60s and early '70s splashed down near American Samoa and that the astronauts from many of these missions came through here. When I discovered this I began to do research on the topic and found that this aspect of the Apollo missions had been neglected by historians and movie makers alike; yes, Apollo 13 did splashdown here. In order to correct this blind spot in the history of the Apollo missions, I created this site.
My goal is to provide information on each of the Apollo missions that landed here. You will find a brief summary page of the missions that came through here and then separate pages devoted to each mission. As I find new information I will add it to the site. If anyone has any information on American Samoa and Apollo that they would like to share, comments about the site, or questions about American Samoa and the Apollo project, please contact me (see contact info below), or make use of the guestbook. If I don't know the answers perhaps some of the other visitors will be able to help.
David J. Herdrich
David_J_Herdrich at samoatelco dot com
This page has been visited times since May 11, 2006.
wife Tafa posing for the cameras at the Pago Pago
International Airport, Tafuna, American Samoa.
(Photograph courtesy of the LeFiti family.)
Apollo at American Samoa
Overview of Apollo at American Samoa
Apollo 10 And American Samoa
Apollo 12 And American Samoa
Apollo 13 And American Samoa
Apollo 14 And American Samoa
Apollo 17 And American Samoa