Think bureaucrats just invented some of this crap, yesterday? Apollo astronauts had to go through customs

Before the ticker tape parades and the inevitable world tour, the triumphant Apollo 11 astronauts were greeted with a more mundane aspect of life on Earth when they splashed down 40 years ago today – going through customs.

Just what did Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins have to declare? Moon rocks, moon dust and other lunar samples, according to the customs form filed at the Honolulu Airport in Hawaii on July 24, 1969 – the day the Apollo 11 crew splashed down in the Pacific Ocean to end their historic moon landing mission.

The customs form is signed by all three Apollo 11 astronauts. They declared their cargo and listed their flight route as starting Cape Kennedy (now Cape Canaveral) in Florida with a stopover on the moon.

It never ends.

2 thoughts on “Think bureaucrats just invented some of this crap, yesterday? Apollo astronauts had to go through customs

  1. Mary Lupin says:

    Funny. I can imagine the border guards face (except that it was handled outside the normal flow). What I think is really amusing about that document was the line “Any other conditions on board which may lead to the spread of disease:” For those of you old enough, do you remember the “concern” that bringing back moon material might lead to the release of unknown pathogens on earth? It was a concern taken seriously then – at least by the general public and the media. I remember a report about all the safeguards taken to keep the material isolated until such time as it was in a safe-lab. Hence the reply “to be determined.”

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