Buzz Aldrin dug up some precious memorabilia from the Apollo 11 mission and shared it with the public via his Twitter account.
Curious to find out what his travel expenses were? Or how custom formalities looked in 1969? It’s all there, carefully documented under the ‘General Declaration’ and ‘Schedule of Expenses and Amounts Claimed’.
The latter document stated the points of travel. Yes, to the Moon and back. The scribbling reads: Houston – Texas, followed by Edwards Air Force Base in California, Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Moon, the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii and all the way return to Texas.
For this route, forever hatched on a historical governmental paper, Buzz Aldrin was reimbursed 33.31 dollars. Converted to today’s value, that is the equivalent of approximately 217 dollars, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The ‘General Declaration’ is the customs document the Apollo 11 crew needed to complete as they returned from their mission. Funnily enough, a follow up tweet from the second man to step in Neil Armstrong’s footsteps reads:
“Yes the #Apollo11 crew also signed customs forms. We brought back moon rocks & moon dust samples. Moon disease TBD. “
Now 85, Buzz Aldrin was one of the three American astronauts in the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, destination Moon. As one of the Twitter-shared documents lists Neil Armstrong as Commander, Michael Collins as Lt. Colonel, Buzz Aldrin’s name appears under Colonel Edwin E, Aldrin Jr.
Mankind’s first giant step into space exploration had taken place. Nonetheless, the astronauts had to comply with earthly formalities as everyone else.
The Lunar Module Pilot for the Apollo 11 mission delighted fans with the paperworks underpinning this historical moment.
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