Apollo 17 command module in South Pacific Ocean before recovery operations
A water-level view of the Apollo 17 command module floating in the Pacific following splashdown and prior to recovery. The prime recovery ship, U.S.S. Ticonderoga, is in the background. A U.S. Navy UDT swimmer stands on the flotation collar. Apollo 17 splashdown occured at 1:24:59 p.m., December 19, 1972, about 350 nautical miles southeast of Samoa.
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