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Carpentier Interviewed by BMA

July 17, 2019

Carpentier Interviewed by BMA

William Carpentier, who participated in the Apollo 11 panel at this past May’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, was interviewed by the British Medical Association (BMA) for their magazine.

   The article highlighted his role as the flight surgeon who took care of the Apollo 11 crew. He trained to rescue them from sea and spent 3 weeks quarantined with them after they landed. His training included practicing CPR in the water, something he fortunately did not have to do for real. During the quarantine period, he worked to gather data, evaluate the astronauts, and ensure the quarantine was successful, since lunar microbes, if found to be harmful, could endanger not only the aircraft carrier, but also the President. In addition, Dr. Carpentier served as support staff for the Apollo 13 mission and had an important role in dealing with the aftermath of the oxygen tank explosion. To read the entire interview and see the photos, please visit https://www.bma.org.uk/features/neilarmstrongsdoctor/.