NASA HISTORY: Apollo 11 Crew Returns From First Landing On The Moon July 24, 1969

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Apollo 11 crew underwent a 21-day quarantine

After achieving the goal of landing on the moon, the crew of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin) returned home to Earth on July 24, 1969. (NASA Image)

(NASA) – After achieving the goal of landing on the moon, the crew of Apollo 11 (Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin) returned home to Earth on July 24, 1969.

This photo of their re-entry might give the impression that the spacecraft faced fiery destruction.

In reality, the ablative material on the Command Module was doing what it was supposed to do – as it vaporized and burned away it protected the craft from the intense heat of reentry into the atmosphere.

Upon splashing down, the Apollo 11 crew underwent a 21 day quarantine. The purpose of this was to protect against the small possibility of lunar contagion. This procedure was discontinued after Apollo 14.

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