As he watched the film First Man, a particular scene towards the end caught the attention of physicist Michael Hill-King. In this article (originally published in Lateral Thoughts, Physics World’s regular column of humorous and offbeat essays, puzzles, crosswords, quizzes and comics, that appears on the back page each month), he finds out why the Apollo 11 astronauts quarantined on their return to Earth.
After watching the 2018 film First Man – which depicts eight years in the life of astronaut Neil A
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