Apollo astronauts couldn't afford life insurance, so what they did for their families was out-of-this-world rocket-science genius
While the Apollo program may be the greatest achievement in human history, it was also super morbid. Sending people to the moon was an extremely dangerous mission and so there were plenty of contingency plans for if and when people passed away.
Think Richard Nixon’s famous, unread "In Event of Moon Disaster" speech, and many others.
However it wasn’t just Presidential speechwriters who prepared for the event that the Moon-bound astronauts would not return – insurance companies had their doubts as well.
Insurers reportedly wanted to charge as much as US$50,000 (over $300,000 today) for life insurance, which was almost treble Neil Armstrong’s annual salary.
Armstrong was obviously concerned he would not be returning from space – if, indeed, he even made it off the launch pad alive – and wanted a way to provide for his family in the event he did not survive.
So he got creative.
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