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The Conclusion of the Second Manned Lunar Landing Mission - Apollo 12.

Original NASA press photograph published in 1969 at the Kennedy Space Center.

The verso includes the following official description of the photograph:

APOLLO 12 PACIFIC RECOVERY AREA -- One of the three Apollo 12 astronauts is hoisted aboard recovery helicopter in a Bill Pugh rescue net following splashdown in the Pacific Ocean at 3:58 p.m. EST November 24, 1969, approximately 350 nautical miles southest [sic] of Samoa. The astronauts preformed the Nations' second manned lunar landing mission. (The inflated bags atop the spacecraft returned it to an upright position after it impacted apex down.)

The Apollo 12 Mission

Apollo 12 was the sixth crewed flight in the United States Apollo program and the second to land on the Moon. It was launched on November 14, 1969, from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, four months after Apollo 11. Commander Charles "Pete" Conrad and Apollo Lunar Module Pilot Alan L. Bean performed just over one day and seven hours of lunar surface activity while Command Module Pilot Richard F. Gordon remained in lunar orbit. The landing site for the mission was located in the southeastern portion of the Ocean of Storms.