USS Kawishiwi AO-146
was primary logistics support and
secondary recovery ship
on 7 August 1971
to recover APOLLO 15
The 9th Mission, the 4th Lunar Landing
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The service module was jettisoned at 294:43:55.2, and CM entry followed a normal profile. The command module reentered the Earth’s atmosphere (400,000 feet altitude) at 294:58:54.7 at a velocity of 36,096.4 ft/sec, following a transearth coast of 71 hours 7 minutes 48 seconds.

The parachute system, with two main parachutes properly inflated and one collapsed, effected splashdown of the CM in the Pacific Ocean at 20:45:53 GMT (04:45:53 p.m. EDT) on 7 August. Mission duration was 295:11:53.0. The impact point was about 1.0 n mi from the target point and 5 n mi from the recovery ship U.S.S. Okinawa.

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The collapsed parachute contributed to the fastest entry time in the Apollo program, just 778.3 seconds from entry to splashdown. The splashdown site was estimated to be latitude 26.13° north and longitude 158.13° west.

After splashdown, the CM assumed an apex-up flotation attitude. The crew was retrieved by helicopter and was aboard the recovery 39 minutes after splashdown. The CM was recovered 55 minutes later. The estimated CM weight at splashdown was 11,731 pounds, and the estimated distance traveled for the mission was 1,107,945 n mi.

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