Biological Isolation Garment, Aldrin, Apollo 11

This is the biological isolation garment worn by Astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin upon his return to earth after his historic Apollo 11 flight in July of 1969.

These garments were worn from the moment the hatch was opened after splashdown until the astronauts were sealed inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility in the unlikely case that the astronauts had been infected with some sort of extraterrestrial life form. It was expected that these suits would keep them properly quarantined until a course of action could be planned or the disease eliminated.

After Apollo 12, it was conceded that the moon lacked life, and the containment garments were scrapped.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1970

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
B. Welson & Co.
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Medical

Materials
Rubberized Nylon
Cotton
Plastic
Steel
Paint
Rubber
Nylon
Chrome Plating
Wood
Dimensions
Overall: 6 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. 2 in. wide x 8 in. deep (193.04 x 66 x 20.3cm)

This is the biological isolation garment worn by Astronaut "Buzz" Aldrin upon his return to earth after his historic Apollo 11 flight in July of 1969.

These garments were worn from the moment the hatch was opened after splashdown until the astronauts were sealed inside the Mobile Quarantine Facility in the unlikely case that the astronauts had been infected with some sort of extraterrestrial life form. It was expected that these suits would keep them properly quarantined until a course of action could be planned or the disease eliminated.

After Apollo 12, it was conceded that the moon lacked life, and the containment garments were scrapped.

Transferred to the National Air and Space Museum from NASA in 1970

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
B. Welson & Co.
Astronaut
Buzz Aldrin

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Apollo to the Moon

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Medical

Materials
Rubberized Nylon
Cotton
Plastic
Steel
Paint
Rubber
Nylon
Chrome Plating
Wood
Dimensions
Overall: 6 ft. 4 in. tall x 2 ft. 2 in. wide x 8 in. deep (193.04 x 66 x 20.3cm)

ID: A19710809000