Enlarge /. Buzz Aldrin will throw the ceremonial first place ahead of the third World Series 2019 game between the Houston Astros and the Washington Nationals on October 25, 2019 at Nationals Park.
Buzz Aldrin knows a thing or two about quarantines. Upon returning from the moon in 1969, Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins spent 21 days in quarantine to prevent the spread of infections that may have brought them back from the lunar surface.
In the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, I spoke to Aldrin on Tuesday by phone. He is at home, squats down and is in good health. Aldrin turned 90 in January and is one of the highest risk categories for COVID-19 at this age.
"Buzz, what are you doing to protect yourself from the corona virus?" I asked.
"Lie on my ass and lock the door," he replied without hesitation.
Buzz Aldrin, ladies and gentlemen. A national treasure.
After the Apollo 11 command module landed in the Pacific, the three moon astronauts were led from their life raft onto the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. Once on board the ship, they immediately boarded a converted Airstream trailer known as a mobile quarantine facility. This trailer was flown to Houston from a C-141 plane, where the crew then spent about three weeks in a "safe" building known as the Lunar Receiving Laboratory.
I asked Aldrin about this experience and if he had any advice for the hundreds of millions of Americans who are already in a semi-quarantine or will soon be in one where we are encouraged not to leave our homes. <Img alt = "President Richard M. Nixon visits the Central Pacific salvage area to greet the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS hornetAldrin is on the right. "src =" https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/S69-21365_large-980×980.jpg "width =" 980 "height =" 980″/>Enlarge /. President Richard M. Nixon visits the salvage area in the Central Pacific to welcome the Apollo 11 astronauts aboard the USS Hornet, the primary salvage ship for Apollo 11. Aldrin is on the right.
He laughed in response. "Well, Mike Collins and I did some training and jogging in the hallway," he said. "We looked at that one crack in the ground and ants crawled in and out." The implication is, of course, that if ants could enter, microbes could get in and out. Of course, scientists would soon realize that the moon is a completely dead world and that no life would return to earth from there.
How did he spend his quarantine? Aldrin took care of mission reports, he said, and filled out documents such as a government travel voucher that earned him $ 33.31 for his trip to the moon.