Apollo 11 Biological Isolation Garment

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

The National Air and Space Museum explains that “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.”

A NASA image showing the crew of Apollo 11 after splashdown along with a member of the recovery team wearing the suits.

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