Encyclopedia Astronautica
1965.07.31 - NASA / Public Health Service agreements on Apollo back contamination


At a meeting between representatives of NASA and Public Health Service representatives, it was agreed:

  • That the PHS had responsibility for the health of the nation and for any potential threat to that health from extraterrestrial life, particularly from back contamination.
  • That the Office of the Surgeon General, PHS, would submit to the NASA Administrator a proposal for action deemed necessary.
  • That the Department of Agriculture had a similar responsibility for the nation's crops and animals of economic importance and that the Department of Agriculture would probably accept arrangements made by PHS, and be brought into the matter at the point they considered action to be necessary.

James Goddard, Chief of the Communicable Disease Center of the PHS, stated he was prepared to staff any required quarantine activity at the Lunar Sample Receiving Laboratory but there was no discussion of the source of the personnel.

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