16 July 1969, a United States law was passed called the
"Extra-Terrestrial Exposure Law" that made
it illegal for the public to come in contact with extra-terrestrials
or their vehicles. (Title 14, Section 1211 of the Code of
Federal Regulations). Anyone found guilty of such contact
could face up to one year imprisonment as well as a fine
of $5000. Also, any individual who had been "exposed"
could be quarantined under armed guard by the NASA administrator
without a hearing.
law was passed originally to protect Earth from possible
biological contamination resulting from the U.S. Apollo
Space Program and other space exploration programs. It
has been suggested by researchers and scientists that
the U.S. government was very concerned that contact with
extra-terrestrial bacteria could result in a worldwide
plague. The immune system of human beings wouldn't be
able to fight off extra-terrestrial bacteria, so therefore
any kind of "extra-terrestrial exposure" was
taken very seriously.
in the UFO community especially were alarmed with the
law because its broad definitions could allow the U.S.
government to prosecute people in NASA as well as individuals
of the general public who come into contact with extra-terrestrials
and their vehicles.
and ET believers found it interesting that in one hand,
the government was denying they had any interest in extra-terrestrials,
yet they had a law which forbid contact with ETs and their
Title 14 - Aeronautics and Space
1211 - Extra-terrestrial Exposure
A. NASA policy, responsibility and authority to guard
the Earth against any harmful contamination or adverse
changes in its environment resulting from personnel, spacecraft
and other property returning to the Earth after landing
on or coming within the atmospheric envelope of a celestial
B. security requirements, restrictions and safeguards
that are necessary in the interest of national security.
provisions of this part to all NASA manned and unmanned
space missions which land or come within the atmospheric
envelope of a celestial body and return to the Earth.
A. "NASA" and the "Administrator"
mean, respectively, the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration and the Administrator of the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration or his authorized representative.
B. "Extra-terrestrially exposed" means the state
of condition of any person, property, animal or other
form of life or matter whatever, who or which has:
1. Touched directly or come within the atmospheric envelope
or any other celestial body
2. Touched directly or been in close proximity to (or
been exposed indirectly to) any person, property, animal
or other form of life or matter who or which has been
extra-terrestrially exposed by virtue of paragraph (b)(1)
of this section. For example, if person or thing "A"
touches the surface of the Moon, and on "A's"
return to Earth, "B" touches "A" and,
subsequently, "C" touches "B", all
of these - "A" through "C" inclusive
- would be extra-terrestrially exposed ("A"
and "B" directly; "C" indirectly).
3. "Quarantine" means the detention, examination
and decontamination of any persons, property, animal or
other form of life or matter whatever that is extra-terrestrially
exposed, and includes the apprehension or seizure of such
person, property, animal or other form of life or matter
4. "Quarantine period" means a period of consecutive
calendar days as may be established in accordance with
Administrator or his designee...shall in his discretion:
1. Determine the beginning and duration of a quarantine
period with respect to any space mission; the quarantine
period as it applies to various life forms will be announced.
2. Designate in writing quarantine officers to exercise
3. Determine that a particular person, property, animal,
or other form of life or matter, whatever is extra-terrestrially
exposed and quarantine such person, property, animal,
or other form of life or matter whatever. The quarantine
may be based only on a determination, with or without
the benefit of a hearing, that there is probable cause
to believe that such person, property, animal or other
form of life or matter whatever is extra-terrestrially
4. Determine within the United States or within vessels
or vehicles of the United States the place, boundaries,
and rules of operation of necessary quarantine stations.
5. Provide for guard services by contract or otherwise,
as many be necessary, to maintain security and inviolability
of quarantine stations and quarantined persons, property,
animals or other form of life or matter whatever.
6. Provide for the subsistence, health and welfare of
persons quarantined under the provisions of this part.
7. Hold such hearings at such times, in such manner and
for such purposes as may be desirable or necessary under
this part, including hearings for the purpose of creating
a record for use in making any determination under this
part for the purpose of reviewing any such determination.
1. During any period of announced quarantine, no person
shall enter or depart from the limits of the quarantine
station without permission of the cognizant NASA officer.
During such period, the posted perimeter of a quarantine
station shall be secured by armed guard.
2. Any person who enters the limits of any quarantine
station during the quarantine period shall be deemed to
have consented to the quarantine of his person if it is
determined that he is or has become extra-terrestrially
3. At the earliest practicable time, each person who is
quarantined by NASA shall be given a reasonable opportunity
to communicate by telephone with legal counsel or other
persons of his choice.
Court or other process
A. NASA officers and employees are prohibited from discharging
from the limits of a quarantine station any quarantined
person, property, animal or other form of life or matter
whatever during order or other request, order or demand
an announced quarantine period in compliance with a subpoena,
show cause or any court or other authority without the
prior approval of the General Counsel and the Administrator.
B. Where approval to discharge a quarantined person, property,
animal or other form of life or matter whatever in compliance
with such a request, order or demand of any court or other
authority is not given, the person to whom it is directed
shall, if possible, appear in court or before the other
authority and respectfully state his inability to comply,
relying for his action on this 1211.107.
willfully violates, attempts to violate, or conspires
to violate any provision of this part or any regulation
or order issued under this part or who enters or departs
from the limits of a quarantine station in disregard of
the quarantine rules or regulations or without permission
of the NASA quarantine officer shall be fined not more
that $5,000 or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.
of the Extra-terrestrial Exposure Law