ID#: 21909
Captured in 1965, this image depicted a microbiologist carrying out tests, inside one of the laboratories within the Technology Branch of the Biochemistry Section in what was National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA), Planetary Quarantine Program, formerly the Interplanetary Vehicle Sterilization Project laboratories. This lab was located inside the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), Center for Disease Control (CDC), Phoenix Laboratories, in Phoenix, Arizona. This technologist was in the process of sterilizing the interior of a germ-free isolator, using ethylene-oxide, which he would then allow to air dry. This isolator was used to determine the presence of microbial contaminants on machinery components. At this Phoenix location, it was CDC’s job to develop sampling and culturing procedures, involved in the control of possible contamination of extraterrestrial organisms encountered during interplanetary, or lunar expeditions.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Stafford Smith
Creation Date: 1965
Photo Credit:
CDC Organization
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