In this episode of History Club, Vox's Phil Edwards and Coleman Lowndes chat with Amy Shira Teitel of The Vintage Space about the Apollo 11 quarantine.Vox recommended The Vintage Space, so I'm sharing Amy Shira Teitel's How Apollo Astronauts Passed Time in Quarantine, which she produced first.
It was an unusual process for an unprecedented task: keeping potential moon germs from entering the Earth’s atmosphere (and affecting its population).
To try to isolate the Apollo astronauts from the Earth, NASA went to extraordinary lengths. They clothed them in “Biological Isolation Garments,” transported them on a converted Airstream trailer, and then quarantined them for weeks in a Lunar Receiving Lab specially built to analyze moon samples and, of course, the men who went there.
The quarantine was a strange capstone to the journey to the moon — but also a necessary one that’s surprisingly resonant today.
If only our period of staying at home lasted a mere three weeks with celebrations afterwards. Who knows, after months to more than a year of social distancing and working from home, we'll celebrate, too, just like the participants in Yuri's Night last year in Los Angeles!
Watch this video to see all of the awesome things that happened at Yuri's Night Los Angeles 2019 - there is so much to do that you literally can't see, hear, and do it all!Now, that's a party! Too bad this year's was virtual, not real. Next year.
That's it for both Easter and Yuri's Night. Stay tuned for Apophis Day, my version of Asteroid Day, when I warn of dangers from space — other than plagues.