On July 20, 1969, the world watched with eager anticipation of the setting foot of man on the moon’s surface. One would think that the men who created such a history would have received a great welcome on Earth. They did, but only after they cleared a customs form once they got home. Netizens heard this straight from the horse’s mouth when astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin shared a photo of the customs form he and the crew had to fill out when they landed. Buzz Aldrin was the second man to walk on the moon and was accompanied by Neil Armstrong – the first man to walk on the moon – on the Apollo 11 lunar module, Eagle.
Mr. Aldrin shared this important piece of trivia with netizens, writing with the photo, “Imagine spending eight days in space, including nearly 22 hours on the moon and returning home to Earth only to pass customs. Apollo 11.”
The photo shows a form titled “Public Declaration” and dated July 24, 1969. Owner or operator is listed as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the document contains details about Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Aldrin as well as Michael Collins who was aboard the Apollo 11 spacecraft, with their signatures . Under the merchandise category, the form lists “samples of moon rock and moon dust” that the team carried with them to Earth.
– Dr. Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 28, 2021
Mr. Aldrin’s tweet quickly went viral on social media with users expressing their horror and happiness at being given a chance to take a look at the interesting document.
In response to the tweet, one user indicated that a question titled “Any other conditions on the plane that may lead to the spread of disease?” It was replied that “to be determined later”. About this, the user rudely commented, “Maybe the moon men gave the crew moon cooler with moon cheese.”
“Any other conditions on board that might lead to the spread of disease? Must be identified”!!!
Moon men may have given the crew moon coolness with moon cheese
– Brian (@Brian73996459) July 28, 2021
To this, another follower replied that the trio had, in fact, been quarantined upon their return and shared a similar photo. “Fun fact: There was an actual concern that they might have brought viruses with them…” it reads.
Fun fact: There was an actual concern that they might have brought viruses with them so they had to go into quarantine, fortunately we now know that life is almost impossible on the moon. pic.twitter.com/wJIzF0uce8
– Eastern Chicken (Chicken Eastern) July 28, 2021
This person took the opportunity to share how a member of her family was also part of the team that worked on the historic trip to the moon.
My father was an aeronautical engineer during the Apollo program. Here’s his testimony to Apollo 11.
Our family is very proud of that. God bless ???? pic.twitter.com/huWw4BfVLH
-???? Suzzles???? (SFLsuzzles) July 28, 2021
One follower wondered if the trio would be sent to the moon if they refused to fill out the form.
Few things are more important than history. It is paperwork.
What would have happened if they denied it? Back to space?
– Still Angry Vintner (@xiane1) July 28, 2021
Another said, maybe getting their autographs was a trick. After all, these were the makers of history.
“How can we get autographs from astronauts?”
“Guys, I have an idea!”
– Fabrizio Giancci (@javabird) July 28, 2021
Another user referred to “Best Destination List”.
Best destination list for any customs documents. pic.twitter.com/zhhnyPE3Gd
– DJ Gray (DJ_GreyGhost) July 28, 2021
According to a report by Space.com, the model was posted on the US Customs and Border Protection website in 2009. It was released to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. “Yes, it’s original. It was a little joke at the time,” NASA spokesperson John Limbrick told the website to verify the authenticity of the document. .
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