On 20 July 1969, Apollo 11’s astronauts, Commander Neil Armstrong, Command Module Pilot Michael Collins, and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, performed a crewed lunar landing, after which they returned to Earth. An estimated 650 million people watched on their television as former naval aviator Armstrong became the first person to set foot on the moon, stating, “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The mission lasted eight days, and recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Hornet (CVS-12).
For more information about the recovery of Apollo 11, read “Apollo 11: The Navy’s Role in the Recovery Operation.”
Apollo 11 reports (pdf downloads)
NASA Apollo 11 mission webpage
Artifacts related to the Apollo 11 recovery
Apollo 11 recovery photograph collection