Astronauts Returning From Moon Had to go through US Customs

Next time you’re flying internationally and feel burdened by the plethora of forms and documents you must fill out before you can legally pass through customs, keep this in mind: astronauts from the 1969 Apollo 11 flight, upon returning from the moon, had to go through U.S. customs. The scanned document above shows a Mr. Edwin Aldwin Jr. and Mr. Neil Armstrong signing off on the cargo brought back into the United States, including “moon rocks,” and “moon dust.” How cool is that?

I guess it makes sense, though. If they’re making you declare things like fruit on a quick trip to Mexico, you can rest assured they’re going to want to know what sort of extraterrestrial souvenirs might be hiding in your luggage from a journey to the moon. [via cynical-c]