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NASA says the 1969 moon landing lab is to be demolished next year

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The building in which the crew of Apollo 11 in quarantine after their historic moon landing, five years ago, will be torn down in 2020, and replaced with a more energy-efficient building, NASA said on Tuesday.

The Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, was built in 1967, at the home of Neil Armstrong and his crew back to the moon until NASA was able to determine that she had not contracted any infectious diseases. The flight crew has been quarantined for three weeks while NASA scientists began to study on their very first set of rocks from the moon, there

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The building has deteriorated and is now beyond repair, the Houston Chronicle reported on Tuesday.

The staff at the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, texas, where Armstrong was in quarantine after he returned from the moon.
(Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle, via AP)

Since it is the last flight of the Apollo program in 1972, the building was used primarily for projects related to astronaut health. But in 2015, an economic analysis, determined that the historic building’s structural, and electrical problems can’t be solved.

The Dallas-based company, HDR Architecture, has provided a $5.7 million contract for the design of the control is replaced.

“I’d hate to see what this building represents, and what it did 50 years ago,” said Judy Allton, a curator at the kennedy Space Center.

In This Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 and is a lot of buttons, and all the other missing items, which were taken home as a souvenir, according to the staff, to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, texas.
(Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle, via AP)

Johnson’s historic preservation officer, Sandra tetley said that she was going to have to save the original stairs, pillars, and bridges, and as many pieces of equipment in the building.

“But it’s a shame to lose the building,” tetley said.

Everett Gibson, a retired senior scientist for Johnson, who worked in the lab during the Apollo missions 12 through 17.

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Just a few months after the celebration on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar footprints left by the Apollo 11 astronauts, Gibson said, is that it is difficult to see the building go, but to keep it for historical purposes, it would be too expensive. He’s not even sure that it’s still in the public interest.

“Sometimes in life we have to make hard decisions, and I don’t know what you might be able to do that,” he said. “It’s really bad, and the cost to get it up and running is just horrible. I don’t think that it’s exciting to see a man and a woman walking down the street.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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