Apollo 11 and Our Friends at MSA Safety

Just down the street from our headquarters in Pittsburgh’s Cultural District sits a national treasure on display. The Columbia capsule, which took Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Micheal Collins from the earth to the moon and back safely is on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the capsule is visiting just four museums across the country and it’s fitting that Pittsburgh is one of them. During the city’s industrial heyday, many of the cutting-edge products and innovations coming from Pittsburgh became integral parts of the incredibly complex Apollo project.

Among the many local connections was the Comfo brand respirator produced by long-time Campos client, MSA Safety Incorporated.

This respirator worked a little differently for the Apollo 11 astronauts. Instead of filtering air going into their lungs, it did the opposite. The filters were reversed to protect us on Earth from the potentially hazardous materials (moon germs!) that they were exhaling.

Fortunately, the respirator was redundant and the planet wasn’t at threat, but MSA has continued creating innovative products to keep people safe ever since.