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USS Hornet Museum celebrates two big anniversaries, one giant step for mankind.

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(July 8, 2009)—Alameda, Calif.—An appearance by astronaut Buzz Aldrin, tours of the USS Hornet and hands-on exhibits are just a few of the attractions that will be featured at Splashdown 2009—a three-day festival celebrating the 40th anniversary of man's first steps on the Moon and the successful recovery of the space shuttle Apollo 11.

The event will take place from July 24 through July 26, 2009 at the USS Hornet Museum at Alameda Point in San Francisco Bay. A World War II aircraft carrier, which fought in nine major battles, the USS Hornet recovered the first two lunar landing flights in 1969—Apollo 11 and Apollo 12—and was named a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

“The USS Hornet is the largest existing artifact from the first two missions to land men on the moon, which are a significant benchmark in the history of humankind,” says Pete Sutherland, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Education of the USS Hornet Museum.

Among those men to set foot on the Moon? Apollo 11 Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin, who will appear at the festival on Saturday, July 25. There will be additional appearances by the USS Hornet crews and Apollo 11 recovery teams and book signings by Bob Fish ("Hornet Plus Three: The Story of the Apollo 11 Recovery"), Don Blair ("Splashdown: NASA and the Navy") and Mabel Anderson (“Women Astronomers”).

The festival is set to be entertaining and educational for the entire family. In addition to ship tours, guests will be able to meet NASA and USS Hornet representatives and actually set foot on Moon rocks as part of an interactive display.

The USS Hornet Museum houses the largest collection of Apollo mission artifacts on the West Coast and features permanent exhibits that include an Apollo capsule used to test the heat-shield design before the Apollo 11 mission, the HS-4 "Helo 66" type recovery helicopter used in the movie "Apollo 13," and the open-for-viewing Mobile Quarantine Facility used by Apollo 14 to isolate any potential "moon germs."

The USS Hornet Museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. To purchase Splashdown 2009 tickets and see the events calendar, click here.

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