Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Biological Isolation Garment

    Usage Conditions Apply

    There are restrictions for re-using this media. For more information, visit the Smithsonian's Terms of Use page.

    IIIF provides researchers rich metadata and image viewing options for comparison of works across cultural heritage collections. More -

    View Manifest

    View in Mirador Viewer

    Buzz Aldrin's Apollo 11 Biological Isolation Garment

    Pale, military green garment which completely covered all parts of the body; NASA "meatball" logo and name tag on torso, US flag on left shoulder; mask with plex visor and breathing filter, velcro closures with ball handles, two pockets on legs, one on left shoulder.

    1 of 2

    Apollo Aldrin Isolation Garment

    The Biological Isolation Garment was designed to prevent the spread of any alien organisms the astronauts might have acquired during their journey or while on the Moon. 
    2 of 2

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