It was fifty years ago today- October 22, 1968 Apollo 7 returned to earth after its 11 day mission. All three astronauts had a common cold but the mission was a success. They successfully released and were able to redock between the orbiting ship and manned lunar module. The space capsule landed at 8:12 am in the Atlantic Ocean north of Puerto Rico. The three astronauts led by one of the original Mercury Seven- Wally Schirra, Donn Eisele and Walter Cunningham were recovered by the USS Essex. It would be the final space mission for all three men. The next mission would be in December and it would be the biggest one yet- Apollo 8 would be scheduled to go around the moon. NASA and the space flights would be one of the few uplifting events in 1968.