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Apollo 11’s Michael Collins and talks to the crew in three weeks in quarantine on their return from the Moon

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Michael Collins, said NASA should focus on Mars missions.

The world was thrilled when Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, safely splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24, 1969, after an incredible trip to the Moon.

Plucked from the ocean by helicopters from the USS Hornet, the three astronauts have been seen as a hero, welcomed by President Richard Nixon, who is anxiously awaiting their return aboard the aircraft carrier.

For Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, but, on their return from the Moon, it still is a step into the unknown.

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The scientists were worried that the crew might have brought up the pathogen side of the Moon with them, so that they will immediately enter the Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF), a converted Airstream trailer, which was waiting for them on the USS Hornet.

An interior view of Mobile Quarantine Facility-it shows the Apollo 11 crew after their arrival at Ellington Air Force Base. The mission’s Commander, Neil Armstrong is strumming on a ukulele while Michael Collins (right, foreground) and Buzz Aldrin (on the right in the background are looking out of the window. The other people in the picture are MQF support staff.
(NASA)

The MQF, with the astronauts, it was lifted off the USS Hornet in the achievement of the attack on Pearl Harbor and then was transferred to Hickam Air Force Base, where it was loaded onto an Air Force C-141 jet transport and were flown to Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, texas. From there, the astronauts were taken out into the wide confines of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center. However, they were still very much in the application.

In addition, NASA personnel, astronauts have had to use a large part of the rodent room-mates in the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, which has been carefully examined for signs of germs brought back from the Moon.

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“We had a huge colony of white mice,” Collins told Fox News. “The three of us had to go to the Moon, it was a national, or international, of triumph, or of it was a total disaster, depending on the health of the white mice, which we did.”

President Nixon, in a conversation with Apollo 11 astronauts in their Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) on the USS Hornet.
(NASA)

“If the pigs were all right,” he added.

After a journey of hundreds or thousands of miles to and from the surface of the Moon, the trio of astronauts had nowhere to go, at least for a little while.

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Although all three astronauts were veterans of prior missions, none had ever spent so much time in the room, and post-mission activities had never been conducted under strict confinement,” notes NASA’s history office. “So, the quarantine was soon upsetting, in particular because only a meager provision had been made for recreation and relaxation. A fitness centre is available, as well as a Ping-Pong table, and it is impossible to read or watch television or talk on the phone, according to their families, but it wasn’t like being at home.”

The MQF to the performance of the Apollo 11 crew will be transported to Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
(NASA/Marshall Spaceflight Center/the National Archives and Records Administration)

In less than a week after they returned from space, NASA asked the astronauts how to make their time in the host lab, and entered. Armstrong’s “free” answer was that, up until now, it was “about as good as you would expect.” Collins, understandably, has said: “I want to be like this,” says the space agency’s history office.

Fortunately, the colony of mice does not display any ill effects, and that the astronauts were released from quarantine on Aug. 10, 1969.

APOLLO 11’S MICHAEL COLLINS, TO REFLECT ON THE HISTORIC MOON LANDING: ‘WE WERE JUST REGULAR ASTRONAUTS

A half-century later, Collins is now a vibrant, 88-year-old, told Fox News that the quarantine period was to be a piece of cake.”

The MQF, with the three Apollo 11 astronauts, was unloaded from a U.s. Air Force C-141 jet transport at Ellington Air Force Base. (NASA)

He has the choice of reading material is in quarantine, it was very apt. “At the time, I was reading a book written by John Steinbeck – ‘of Mice and Men,” he said, with a grin on his face.

Collins spoke to Fox News in New York city on Sunday after taking part in the “One Giant Leap”, an event organized by the New York Times for the anniversary of the landing on the Moon.

APOLLO 11 PILOT MICHAEL COLLINS DOES NOT AGREE WITH THE RETURN TO THE MOON, AND WANTS TO BE A STRAIGHT SHOT TO MARS

July 20, 2019 at the latest, marked the 50th anniversary of the landing on the Moon, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on the moon’s surface. While the astronauts were exploring the Moon, Collins was the pilot of the Columbia Command Module in orbit about 60 miles above them.

FILE – In this file photo, the Apollo 11 crew, from left, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, are in the MQF is in Houston, texas.
(AP photo)

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The MQF was used by the Apollo 11 astronauts, is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

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