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Astronauts and their PJs

On March 16, 1966, Astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and David R. Scott sit with their spacecraft hatches open while awaiting the arrival of the recovery ship, the USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 582) after a thruster malfunction terminated the Gemini 8 mission early. After splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, instead of the Atlantic as planned, the astronauts are assisted by U.S Air Force Pararescue (PJ) jumpers Airman 1st Class Glenn M. Moore, Airman 1st Class Eldridge M. Neal, and Staff Sgt. Larry D. Huyett. (NASA photo)