Apollo 11: Lunar Landing & Quarantine at the NASA, Manned Spacecraft Center

October 15th, 2019 | 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Chippewa Valley Museum | Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Christopher Lind, PhD, was part of the botanical research team at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory during Apollo 11. He will discuss the space race with the Soviet Union and the quarantine of the astronauts and lunar samples once they retuned from the moon. Fifty years ago Apollo 11 landed on the moon. American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, Jr. were the first humans to set foot on the lunar surface, collect samples, and, along with astronaut Michael Collins, return to the earth. The National Academy of Sciences required that the astronauts and lunar materials must be quarantined upon their return while scientific teams at NASA determined if the lunar materials contained any extra terrestrial pathogens that could harm humans or earth ecosystems.