New Delhi: 20 July 1969 is considered to be a very special day in space history and in the world of science. On this day, man took the first step on the moon. Two members of the US space agency NASA’s Apollo 11 expedition Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent 21 hours and 36 minutes on the moon. After this, when both of them completed this mission and returned with their partner Michael Collins, the entire crew had to remain quarantined for a few days. Many unique things happened during this quarantine period, which you probably do not know.
How many days quarantine
It was quarantined as soon as the Apollo 11 expedition came to Earth. It was a 21-day quarantine. Let us tell you that its time started only when Armstrong and his companions entered the eagle lunarlander while returning from the moon. Three days later, Armstrong and Aldine set out on a trip to Earth with Collins immediately after circling the Moon in the Columbia Module.
Birthday celebrated in a unique way
For this reason, it seemed that on 5 August 1969 Neil Armstrong would not be able to celebrate his birthday with his loved ones. But NASA had already planned to consider the 39th birthday of its real hero Armstrong. Armstrong’s birthday was celebrated despite being quarantined. The cake was cut in a very unique way.
This surprise party was really special for Space Hero Armstrong. A glass partition was kept in it. On one side of the party, he celebrated his family members and his family members by cutting the cake on the other side. Even Armstrong indicated to cut the cake and give the cake to his family on the other side of the glass. This unique style of celebrating birthday really made Armstrong emotional.
This was the major reason for quarantine
Neil Armstrong became the world’s hero on 20 July 1969. They brought soil samples from the moon along with their companions. Scientists suspected that they may have been exposed to some harmful bacterial hazardous substance during the Apollo 11 campaign. It was the first human interaction from a body outside the Earth. At that time, all the doctors were keeping a close watch on him.
Quarantine with many necessary precautions
Since before this, no substance had ever come from the Moon to the Earth. Therefore, the possibility that the crew brought any form of life with itself and samples could not be ruled out. In such a situation, it was important to keep this sample safe too. Although it was very unlikely. But yet for this, along with quarantining the crew, necessary precaution was also taken for samples.
Significantly, this quarantine was the longest quarantine for astronauts returning to space or moon after any NASA expedition. The quarantine for the subsequent Apollo campaigns was not so long. In the Apollo 11 campaign, it was specially taken care of the whole time that passengers might bring some kind of infection with them. Overall, this was the first quarantine scene in the world.