Wednesday, 18 April 2007

United States’ security measures extend to the moon

Since 9/11 a lot of people have been grumbling about the United States’ increased security measures, which have resulted in closer scrutiny of visitors to the US, more paperwork and long queues at the airport. Well this document, dated July 24, 1969, from the Apollo 11 mission goes to show that the United State’s strict customs policy is not new:

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The three signatures on the document belong to Neil Armstrong, Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin and Michael Collins. And their cargo (not surprisingly) was “moon rock & moon dust samples”. And their point of departure? “MOON”.

1 comment:

Malacoda said...

Don't you think it might have been a far-sighted customs offical thinking of how much he could make on eBay once it was invented...?