Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Biological Isolation Garment


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

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

Collection Item Long Description:

Inventory Number


Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration


Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Rubberized Nylon
  • Cotton
  • Plastic
  • Steel
  • Paint
  • Rubber
  • Nylon
  • Chrome Plating
  • Wood


3-D: 26 × 8 × 76cm (10 1/4 × 3 1/8 × 29 15/16 in.)

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum