I was reading about Richard Garriott and the drama surrounding his departure from NCSoft, and I was surprised to learn that NCSoft forged his resignation letter while he was in quarantine following his trip to the International Space Station, which raised the question: Why did he have to quarantine? I understand why the Apollo astronauts did; there could have been dangerous, novel pathogens on the Moon. But nothing on the ISS is novel.

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    $\begingroup$ It's a guess and so not an answer, but perhaps quarentine after time on the ISS is to protect the astronaut from catching anything while in a post spaceflight/microgravity weakened state rather than protecting us earth dwellers from anything they might have picked up? $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2020 at 6:53
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    $\begingroup$ Can you provide evidence that he, or anyone, was quarantined upon return from ISS? I know most astronauts stayed in "sick bay" for a while to undergo testing and to re-learn how to function in 1-g environment, but can't find any mention of a true pathogen-style quarantine. $\endgroup$ Dec 2, 2020 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ @CarlWitthoft I can't. I just read the wikipedia article and watched a video in part about NCSoft that had even less info about Garriott's space flight. It's quite hard to research actually. Google sees the word "Quarantine" and thinks I want to read about the coronavirus. If he wasn't actually in quarantine, that could be an answer itself. $\endgroup$
    – Ryan_L
    Dec 2, 2020 at 16:24


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