Science: The Return of Kitty Hawk

HIGH above the Pacific, some 900 miles south of American Samoa, the spacecraft suddenly plummeted from the sky. A voice crackled over the radio: "Things are looking good." Then, in clear view of the recovery task force and millions of television watchers round the world, three big white-and-orange-striped parachutes unfurled, braking the descent of Apollo 14's command module, Kitty Hawk. Moments later, only 900 yards off the predicted target and just four seconds behind schedule, the heat-seared ship splashed into the water in a spectacular finale to man's third and most successful expedition...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!