Apollo 16 Command Module after Splashdown in April 1972
A different perspective on a spaceship returning to Earth: Apollo 16 upside down in the water.
Usually, most splash-down shots show the capsule bobbing on the water, surrounded by its flotation collar. However, the capsules often became inverted once hitting the water, posing a danger to vehicle and crew.
Shortly after jettisoning the parachutes, three air bags would deploy at the top of the capsule, righting it in the water until the collar could be attached by rescue divers.
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