How much do you think that you should get as traveling expenses for traveling to the moon? Like all other astronauts, Buzz Aldrin too filed an expense report and a customs form when he returned from his trip to the moon. Buzz Aldrin, is only the second person to step on the moon after Neil Armstrong. The scans of the paperwork were recently shared on Facebook and they contain the signatures of the astronaut and also the Honolulu customs inspector.
One Of The Most Amazing Itineraries Ever of Buzz Aldrin
The itineraries state that Aldrin traveled from Florida to Moon, then to the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii and back to the Houston Space station. There is also a spelling mistake in the travel voucher! Aldrin traveled in the USS Hornet along with the Apollo 11 crew after they reached the Pacific.
Buzz Aldrin was reimbursed $33.31 which amounts to approximately $215 as per the current dollar valuation. This amount was used to reimburse the expenses that were incurred by him to drive his car to and from the Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.
Interestingly, this comes at a time when even MP’s in countries like Britain charge as much as 3,00 pounds a day for travel expenses.
The Other Side of the Story – Customs Clearance of Buzz Aldrin
In fact, that was not what was there to Aldrin’s trip. When he came back from the moon, he even had to clear the customs and had to declare all that he had brought from the moon, including all the rocks. While this does seem strange, the practice continues even today and astronauts have to declare their belongings after coming back. How much do you think that Buzz Aldrin should have charged for his trip? Should NASA have given him something more?
Edited by: The Icy Tales Editorial Board