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Buzz Aldrin publishes moon expenses form


Posted on Monday, 3 August, 2015 | Comment icon 9 comments

Buzz Aldrin had received a small reimbursement to cover his travel expenses. Image Credit: NASA
The legendary Apollo 11 astronaut revealed that he'd been reimbursed $33.31 for costs during the trip.
The remarkable document, which was posted up on Aldrin's Twitter account, referred to the 'schedule of expenses and amounts claimed' for his journey to the moon all the way back in 1969.

The papers listed him as having been on a "work trip" from his home in Houston, Texas that had taken him to the moon and then back again with a total expenses claim of just $33.31.

During the trip "Gov. Air" had been used to take him to Cape Kennedy while "Gov. Spacecraft" was listed as the mode of transport he had used to arrive at his destination of "moon".

There was even an entry for his return flight which listed his final destination as the Pacific Ocean.


The document is one of several published by Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins over the years. Another, a customs form that all three had to sign on their arrival back on Earth, was required to declare that they had brought rocks and dust from the moon in to the country.




Source: Telegraph | Comments (9)

Tags: Buzz Aldrin, Moon

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Comment icon #1 Posted by and then on 2 August, 2015, 17:48
It reminds me of the line in Apollo 13 where one astronaut jokes about forgetting to file his taxes and Ron Howard's brother's character says "that's no joke, they'll be all over him" Or something to that effect. I wonder what kind of expenses you could add to THAT trip
Comment icon #2 Posted by Merc14 on 2 August, 2015, 17:49
I would guess you'd get per diem for the whole trip if they filed a travel voucher.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Noteverythingisaconspiracy on 2 August, 2015, 19:34
I guess you have to get your paperwork right when you go on the most expensive trip in history. Did you get to a tex deduction (in 1969) on travel expenses ?
Comment icon #4 Posted by BeastieRunner on 3 August, 2015, 19:43
I hope he got a nice deduction that year!
Comment icon #5 Posted by Infernal Gnu on 4 August, 2015, 1:12
This document has got me 95% convinced that the moon landing actually occurred. Very compelling.
Comment icon #6 Posted by _Only on 4 August, 2015, 9:14
Now, hold on, Buzz Aldrin can't just go around punching anything he wan.. oh, sorry. Misread that. edit: Well, bad joke in reference to title Buzz Aldrin publishes moon expenses form which is the link I clicked, not Buzz Aldrin travel voucher for moon trip Stop looking at me.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Taun on 4 August, 2015, 11:44
Looking at the form - he's only out about $5 - for the trip from his residence to the base on the first morning... The rest was Government Vehicles - which you do not get reimbursed for.. . And of course all meal and lodging were at government expense... He probably did not get per diem as all expenses were paid and/or provided... Though I am sure he did get flight pay, and hazardous duty pay (on another form)...
Comment icon #8 Posted by grandfunkrailroad on 6 August, 2015, 17:26
Ahh those good old days when you paid 33 bucks for a trip to the moon and back! Hell i miss the sixties
Comment icon #9 Posted by Merc14 on 7 August, 2015, 1:21
Looking at the form - he's only out about $5 - for the trip from his residence to the base on the first morning... The rest was Government Vehicles - which you do not get reimbursed for.. . And of course all meal and lodging were at government expense... He probably did not get per diem as all expenses were paid and/or provided... Though I am sure he did get flight pay, and hazardous duty pay (on another form)... You get per-diem as well as airfare, rental car and lodging when on government travel. I am sure the astronauts continued getting flight pay while attached to NASA but not sure about ... [More]


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