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Navy and NASA: From Mercury to Apollo

Navy and NASA: From Mercury to Apollo

In 2014, a Navy ship will recover a NASA capsule from the first time since 1975.
The mission to recover the Orion will reestablish a relationship going back to the beginning of manned space flight.
The following is a brief illustrated history of the relationship of the Navy and NASA from Alan Shepard’s first flight into space to the Apollo moon missions, collected from the U.S. Naval Institute Archives

Alan Shepard, the first American in space, is recovered from the South Atlantic in 1961. US Naval Institute Archives

Alan Shepard, the first American in space, is recovered from the South Atlantic in 1961. US Naval Institute Archives

A Marine helicopter lifts Liberty Bell 7 after recovering astronaut Gus Grissom, July 21, 1961. The helicopter was forced to release the capsule and allow it to sink after it became flooded with seawater. Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999. US Naval Institute Archives

A Marine helicopter lifts Liberty Bell 7 after recovering astronaut Gus Grissom, July 21, 1961. The helicopter was forced to release the capsule and allow it to sink after it became flooded with seawater. Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999. US Naval Institute Archives

USS Kearsarge after recovering Faith 7. May 16, 1963. Note the formation of sailors in the shape of the capsule. US Naval Institute Archives

USS Kearsarge after recovering Faith 7. May 16, 1963. Note the formation of sailors in the shape of the capsule. US Naval Institute Archives

Faith 7 being hoisted out of the water by the USS Kearsarge, May 16, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

Faith 7 being hoisted out of the water by the USS Kearsarge, May 16, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

James A. McDivett is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico during Gemini 4 training, April 14, 1965. US Naval Institute Archives

James A. McDivett is pulled from the Gulf of Mexico during Gemini 4 training, April 14, 1965. US Naval Institute Archives

Gemini 9 astronauts get picked up by the USS Wasp, July 30, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

Gemini 9 astronauts get picked up by the USS Wasp, July 30, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

The USS Kearsarge celebrates its role in astronaut recovery with a banner, May 18, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

The USS Kearsarge celebrates its role in astronaut recovery with a banner, May 18, 1963. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 10, recovery. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 10, recovery. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on the USS Wasp hoist Gemini 9A aboard, June 6, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

Sailors on the USS Wasp hoist Gemini 9A aboard, June 6, 1966. US Naval Institute Archives

Decontaminating the Apollo 11 command module as the astronauts wait to be recovered, July 24, 1969. US Naval Institute Archives

Decontaminating the Apollo 11 command module as the astronauts wait to be recovered, July 24, 1969. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 13 is recovered after its harrowing mission, April 17, 1970. US Naval Institute Archives

Apollo 13 is recovered after its harrowing mission, April 17, 1970. US Naval Institute Archives

Pararescuemen from the USS Ticonderoga arrive at the spacecraft carrying astronauts from Skylab, June 22, 1973. US Naval Institute Archives

Pararescuemen from the USS Ticonderoga arrive at the spacecraft carrying astronauts from Skylab, June 22, 1973. US Naval Institute Archives

For more information on the Navy’s relationship to NASA, see MOON MEN RETURN: USS Hornet and the Recovery of the Apollo 11 Astronauts from the Naval Institute Press. 

U.S. Navy to Recover New NASA Capsule

U.S. Navy to Recover New NASA Capsule

Artist conception of an Orion capsule being towed into the well deck of a San Antonio-class amphibious ship. NASA Photo

Artist conception of an Orion capsule being towed into the well deck of a San Antonio-class amphibious ship. NASA Photo

At the start of U.S. space flight, capsules from the Mercury to Apollo programs were plucked from the sea by Navy and Marine helicopters and taken back home on aircraft carriers.

Now the service and the space agency are renewing the relationship for the recovery of NASA’s Orion manned capsule with the latest class of amphibious warship, NASA officials told USNI News. Read More

Weather Delays Kearsarge ARG Deployment Until Monday

Weather Delays Kearsarge ARG Deployment Until Monday

USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), center, conducts a dual replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the amphibious landing dock ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) on Feb 13. US Navy Photo

USNS Robert E. Peary (T-AKE 5), center, conducts a dual replenishment-at-sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) and the amphibious landing dock ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) on Feb 13. US Navy Photo

The deployment of the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group is being pushed back until Monday due to weather, a U.S. Fleet Forces spokesman told USNI News on Friday. Read More

Adm. Bill Gortney's Budget Cut Message to Fleet

Adm. Bill Gortney’s Budget Cut Message to Fleet

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, addresses the crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 21. US Navy Photo

Adm. Bill Gortney, commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, addresses the crew aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) on Feb. 21. US Navy Photo

The following is a March, 6 message from Adm. Bill Gortney, commander U.S. Fleet Forces, to the Fleet on implementation of sequestration and Continuing Resolution budget cuts that expects to trim almost $9 billion from Navy coffers this fiscal year.

SUBJ: CONTINUING RESOLUTION SEQUESTRATION FLEET IMPLEMENTATION// Read More

House Passes Pentagon Spending Bill

House Passes Pentagon Spending Bill

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies about the devastating affects of the continuing resolution and sequestration on military readiness. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies about the devastating affects of the continuing resolution and sequestration on military readiness. US Navy Photo

The House passed a full Fiscal Year 2013 spending bill allowing the military more flexibility in programming sequestration cuts on Wednesday, according to several press reports. Read More

House to Hagel: Downgrade the UAV and Cyber Medal

House to Hagel: Downgrade the UAV and Cyber Medal

US House Leaders are calling for Secreatary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reduce the ranking of a new medal for unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops. US Navy Photo

US House Leaders are calling for Secreatary of Defense Chuck Hagel to reduce the ranking of a new medal for unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops. US Navy Photo

Almost 50 House leaders called on Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to lower the precedence of a new medal designed to recognize the warfare contributions of unmanned aerial vehicle pilots and cyber troops, The Hill reported Monday. Read More

Cuts Mean Veterans Wait Longer for Arlington Burial

Cuts Mean Veterans Wait Longer for Arlington Burial

ima Black, widow of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy , Delbert Black, visits the grave of her late husband on Sept. 27. US Navy Photo

ima Black, widow of the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy , Delbert Black, visits the grave of her late husband on Sept. 27. US Navy Photo

The ten percent sequestration cuts across the Department of Defense budget will increase wait times at Arlington National Cemetery, a cemetery spokesperson told USNI News on Thursday. Read More

SECDEF Hagel's First Message to Troops

SECDEF Hagel’s First Message to Troops

Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DoD Photo

Chuck Hagel is sworn into office as the 24th Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon, Feb. 27, 2013. DoD Photo

The following is the first message new Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel gave to Pentagon workers as he assumed the role on Wednesday. 

Earlier today I was privileged to take the oath of office to become the 24th Secretary of Defense. I am humbled by and grateful for the opportunity that President Obama and the Congress have given me to once again serve our nation. Read More