Hornet Celebrates Splashdown

The aircraft carrier USS Hornet will host "Splashdown 45" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this Saturday, July 26. The event celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and commemorates the Hornet’s safe recovery of the mission’s astronauts and their command module.

The Hornet welcomes Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and one of the first men to walk on the moon. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Aldrin. He will hold a press conference at 10 a.m.

Admission is $30 for adults 18 and over; $10 for children 5-17; and free for children under five. The Hornet is docked at Pier 3, 707 W. Hornet Ave. on Alameda Point.

Other special guests include Grace Teuscher and Khushi Randez, who won the Hornet’s fifth-grade essay contest, "Why I Want to be an Astronaut When I Grow Up."

The Hornet will have a variety of artifacts on display, including a moon rock, an Apollo spacecraft and the mobile quarantine facility used to isolate the Apollo 11 astronauts when they returned from the moon. Proceeds will be used to continue the development of the USS Hornet Museum’s community outreach activities.

To learn more visit www.hornetsplashdown.com.