Voices from the Moon

What it was like, in the astronauts’ own words.

Ron Evans, Apollo 17 Command Module Pilot

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(NASA)

The contact with the water is a pretty good smash. As a matter of fact, the altimeter was wrong….I was calling off the altitude to Gene and Jack. And we got down to five hundred feet. Four hundred feet. Three hundred feet—Boom!—we hit the water. So I wasn’t prepared. And neither were they.

(Photo: Al Worden, Jim Irwin, and Dave Scott of Apollo 15 enjoy the Pacific air after splashdown.)

About Andrew Chaikin

Andrew Chaikin (andrewchaikin.com) is the author of A Man on the Moon, A Passion for Mars, and other books on space exploration. He has been an adviser to NASA on space policy.

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