Moon trip expenses: Buzz Aldrin Moon Expenses

Published: August 4, 2015

Moon trip expenses: Buzz Aldrin Moon Expenses, It’s the travel expense claim to top all others — $33.31 to go to the moon and back. American astronaut Buzz Aldrin has been sharing some of his paperwork from the 1969 moon landing mission.

The forms, an intriguing mix of the mundane and the extraordinary, include a list of “points of travel” that’s hard to beat: Houston — Cape Kennedy — the moon — the Pacific Ocean — Hawaii — and then back to Houston.

Slightly over $30 seems like a pretty small amount to claim for such a big trip. But those expenses appear to essentially be for Aldrin’s use of a private vehicle while on the ground.

#TBT My mission director @Buzzs_xtina’s favorite piece of my memorabilia. My travel voucher to the moon. #Apollo11

— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) July 30, 2015
The documents, which Aldrin posted on his Twitter account recently, state that “government meals and quarters” were provided throughout the July 1969 mission. And he happily didn’t have to pay out of pocket for the rocket fuel that took Apollo 11 into space.

Taking into account inflation, $33.31 in 1969 would be worth around $217 today, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Aldrin, the second person to set foot on the moon, also showed on Twitter that even in space travel, there’s no escaping customs.

He tweeted the declaration form that he and the other Apollo crew members — Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins — had to sign upon returning from the moon.

Yes the #Apollo11 crew also signed customs forms. We brought back moon rocks & moon dust samples. Moon disease TBD.

— Buzz Aldrin (@TheRealBuzz) August 2, 2015
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The cargo they declared was no doubt a first: “Moon rock and moon dust samples.”


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