Having grown up just outside of Washington, DC, I was a privileged child to have had the ultimate experience of touring some of the nations prized possessions ~ museums and national monuments. You could probably deduce that we took these treasures for granted at the time. But, I cherish these monuments now! And the added bonus, the museums and monuments are free, which is a gift to us all. Worth a bucket list trip just to experience all that Washington, DC has to offer including: American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, National Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gardens, National Museum of the American Indian, Washington Monument, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, National WWII Memorial (one of my favorites since my Father is a WWII veteran) and Arlington National Cemetery ~ just to name a few.
A couple of years ago I toured the newer Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. And now, I can’t wait to make a trip back so I can view this Airstream myself.
“This Mobile Quarantine Facility (MQF) was one of four built by NASA for astronauts returning from the Moon. Its purpose was to prevent the unlikely spread of lunar contagions by isolating the astronauts from contact with other people. A converted Airstream trailer, the MQF contained living and sleeping quarters, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Quarantine was assured by keeping the air pressure inside lower than the pressure outside and by filtering the air vented from the facility. This MQF was used by Apollo 11 astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins immediately after their return to Earth. They remained in it for 65 hours, while the MQF was flown from the aircraft carrier Hornet to the Johnson Space Center in Houston. They were allowed to emerge once scientists were sure they were not infected with “moon germs.” NASA transferred the MQF to the Smithsonian Institution in 1974.”
Quote and photo source: Smithsonian, National Air and Space Museum