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Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Biological Isolation Garment

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This object is on display in the Apollo to the Moon exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

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:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

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

Manufacturer

B. Welson & Co.

Astronaut

Buzz Aldrin

Credit Line

Transferred from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Materials

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

Dimensions

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

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National Air and Space Museum Collection

Country of Origin

United States of America

Type

PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Medical

Inventory Number

A19710809000