What’s In That Bag

Thanks to my father’s newspapers, we know what the astronauts ate on the moon (Armstrong and Aldrin-Meal of a Lifetime) and the fact that a lemonade stand was providing cold beverages, for a mere fourteen cents a cup, to all the news media parked on the street. (See Young Entrepreneurs on Neil Armstrong’s Street) How many of us thought of the necessity of packing  drugs for a headache, diarrhea, or a stuffy nose?

According to the July 18 article in the New York Daily News, packed tightly into a 5x5x8 inch pouch were aspirin, Band Aids, and Neosporin. For pain, I found it fascinating to learn that NASA packed two narcotics: Demerol and the now banned Darvon.

For those nights when the astronauts were too excited to sleep, they could open up the Apollo 11 Drugstore and retrieve a Secanol. The Houston Space Center attempted to anticipate all ailments—motion sickness, red eyes, and infections.

Doctors at Mission Control could monitor the heartbeats, fatigue, and respiration from afar. They needed to know if each of the three men had any allergies to any drugs, so they could provide alternatives. They did this by feeding them each drug prior to liftoff.

Sounds kind of boring, doesn’t it? I guess there was just not much happening on planet Earth between the day the spacecraft left our planet until the historic day when they landed.

Moon Drugs

About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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