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Apollo 11
Apollo 11

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Apollo 11 Mobile Quarantine Facility
How do you protect against "Moon germs"? Curator Allan Needell describes the elaborate process followed to protect against potential biological contaminants that the Apollo 11 astronauts might have brought back from the Moon. The Mobile Quarantine Facility used for Apollo 11, on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, housed the astronauts in relative comfort and provided a safe environment for all until it was safely delivered by ship, air and caravan to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center (renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in 1973) in Houston Texas. Luckily, the precautions were unnecessary - no "Moon germs" were found.

Total running time: 2 minutes, 42 seconds
Produced by: VideoArt for the National Air and Space Museum
Source materials: NASA & National Air and Space Museum