Apollo 11: Before eAPIS

Since May 2009, general aviation pilots departing from or flying into the U.S. must submit detailed information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection and receive permission to take off. The process, called eAPIS (Electronic Advance Passenger Information System), involves filling out forms online and waiting for what amounts to an email departure or arrival visa.

Space.com posted a funny item in 2009 about the return of the Apollo 11 crew from the Moon. As a joke, they filled out a customs declaration (see below) that noted the rocks and dust they were importing. Note also the health declaration:

“Any other condition on board that may lead to the spread of disease: To be determined.”


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