US Space & Rocket Center’s Vick on Apollo 12 Mobile Quarantine Facility


Joseph Vick, the manager of museum education at the US Space & Rocket Center, discusses the Mobile Quarantine Facility used by Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad, Al Bean and Dick Gordon after their mission to the Moon with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian in Huntsville, Ala. The three spent two weeks in the modified Airstream trailer to ensure that potential diseases from the lunar surface didn’t contaminate planet Earth. Apollo missions 11, 12 and 14 astronauts that made it to the Moon used the mobile facilities immediately after landing — entering the trailer after splashdown aboard USS Hornet through return to the United States — until scientists concluded that the precaution was unnecessary.

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