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Apollo 14 And American Samoa

Apollo 14 splashed down on 9 February 1971. The splashdown point was 27 deg 1 min S, 172 deg 39 min W, 765 nautical miles south of American Samoa. The astronauts, Alan B. Shepard Jr., Stuart A. Roosa, and Edgar D. Mitchell were picked up the recovery ship, USS New Orleans, and then flown by helicopter to American Samoa.

A NASA 16mm color film at the National Archives recorded several scenes of the astronauts visit. These scenes include shots of spectators at American Samoa, several shots of Samoan dancers and VIPs standing behind a roped area waiting the astronauts arrival. There is also a shot of the side of a helicopter with the door open showing the astronauts inside, they egress and wave followed by Dr. Carpentier and Engineer R. H. Culbertson. The astronauts stop and salute. There are also scenes that include a Samoan fire dancer, and male and female dancers performing traditional Samoan dances. The astronauts are shown walking to a C-141 Air Force cargo plane and are shown inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF). There are scenes of various Samoans outside of the C-141 talking to the astronuats in the MQF using a microphone.


Apollo 14 Photographs


Apollo 14 Astronauts At Pago Pago International Airport, Tafuna, American Samoa.


Apollo 14 Astronauts In Mobile Quarantine Facility.




Apollo 14 Basic Links

Apollo 14 Link: Mission Summary.
Apollo 14 Link: Another Mission Summary.
Apollo 14 Link: And Another One.
Apollo 14 Link: Apollo 14 photo collection at NASA Johnson Space Center web site.
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