The two American astronauts, James McDivitt and Edward White, returned to the United States Thursday morning (10 June) when the aircraft carrier Wasp docked in Mayport, Florida.
Sign Wasp Welcome Aboard, pan up superstructure
Astronauts shaking hands with officers on board
Sailors on gang plank
Astronauts salute, go down gang plank
Astronauts walk to plane
High shot - capsule on Wasp
Astronauts into plane
Plane moving on ground
Plane in air
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Background: The two American astronauts, James McDivitt and Edward White, returned to the United States Thursday morning (10 June) when the aircraft carrier Wasp docked in Mayport, Florida. The two men debarked and walked to a waiting plane for a flight to the Manned Space Craft Center in Houston, Texas.
Majors McDivitt and White has not set foot on solid ground since they boarded their GT-4 capsule early in the morning of June third. After their recovery from the sea on June 7, they stayed aborad the carrier until Thursday morning.
They came quickly off the Wasp, to the cheers of a crowd of about three thousand. They spoke briefly with Florida's governor who had turned out for the occasion, and then boarded a small jet for the flight to Houston.
The occasion marked Major White's 36th birthday.