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Financial compensation for Apollo 11 astronauts

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Having flown a 477,710 miles round trip to the Moon, it seems shameful that the brave astronauts were denied any duty-free goodies.

The official story was that Canaveral duty-free shop had been closed on the day due to electrical problems, but I suspect that NASA thought the crew might try and smuggle a wee dram for a successful landing.

Also, coming back with the receipts would finally show concrete proof that the Moon landing had not just been faked up.

not_morrison_rm, Jul 19 2019

Apollo 11 Program Alarms https://www.hq.nasa...11/a11.1201-pa.html
Insert DOS disk and strike any key [8th of 7, Jul 22 2019]

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       You'd think they'd at least have got airmiles.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jul 19 2019
  

       To be fair, they didn't pay for their tickets.   

       Helluva entry to have in your Pilot's Log Book, tho ...
8th of 7, Jul 19 2019
  

       //You'd think they'd at least have got airmiles.//   

       That's what I thought this was, which is brilliant.   

       I think that would be a great gimmick.   

       "Remulon Airlines has announced our Moon And Back Airmiles Program. Any astronaut who has flown to the Moon will be given airmiles based on our standard program using their Moon trip numbers. For instance, Buzz Aldrin, you get to fly free to anywhere any time for up to 40,000 miles. Just bring the proof of your trip (newspaper articles will suffice) and collect your voucher. (non transferrable)"   

       OK, here's a bonus. If Buzz or his cohorts are willing, the flights will be announced and tickets to fly with Buzz and / or his pals will be put up for auction, proceeds going to some kind of Moon education charity or something.
doctorremulac3, Jul 19 2019
  

       <Wonders if there's any value in setting up a duty-free booth next to the ISS/>
8th of 7, Jul 19 2019
  

       //You'd think they'd at least have got airmiles.//   

       What, 62 miles each way?
Loris, Jul 19 2019
  

       They should have insisted on going Business class - those seats looked rather cramped and uncomfortable, and the in-filght catering was pretty dire.   

       When Apollo 13 had its "problem", did the NO SMOKING - FASTEN SEAT BELTS light come on ?
8th of 7, Jul 19 2019
  

       Nah, they forgot the "James Bond" protocol for the tanks.
Shaken, NOT STIRRED.
neutrinos_shadow, Jul 21 2019
  

       //did the NO SMOKING - FASTEN SEAT BELTS light come on//   

       Or the "Please return stewardess to the upright position".   

       Things wouldn't go so well these days with the superfluous interconnectivity of everything. Boeing can't even upgrade an engine without introducing a software bug that piles the aircraft into the ground. I suspect a cup-holder malfunction would be enough to put a self-driving car into a tree. Something like that happened on Apollo 11, but the software ignored the extra inputs as it was busy controlling the landing.
bigsleep, Jul 22 2019
  

       // the software ignored the extra inputs as it was busy controlling the landing. //   

       Actually, the software that controlled the landing was the stuff inside the esteemed Colonel Armstrong's head, as the computer had overloaded and wandered off into the tall grass (or in this case the heaps of lunar regolith).   

       <link>
8th of 7, Jul 22 2019
  

       Re: Link. You need to re-read the last sentence.
bigsleep, Jul 23 2019
  

       No, because the point of posting <link> was a cunningly contrived trap, set with the express purpose of debunking an urban legend.
8th of 7, Jul 23 2019
  
      
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