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11 Things You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

By Becky Ferreira Jul 21, 2014

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Moon Cooties

If there's one thing this slideshow should have impressed upon you, it's that the moon landing was a lot more haphazard than it seemed. Given all the risks, you'd think that when the three astronauts finally returned home, the first thing they'd get to do was hug their loved ones close. DENIED!

Turns out there was this thing called the Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law, which demanded that astronauts returning from another world be placed in quarantine for three weeks to make sure they weren't bringing weird moon germs back to Earth. FYI, if you're planning on visiting the moon anytime soon, you no longer have to worry about the lengthy quarantine—the law was revoked in 1977.

Tags: science, slideshows, nasa, space travel, moon landing, apollo 11

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