Buzz Aldrin travelled to the moon and back for just $33 in 1969, and the US government reimbursed him for it

#TBT My mission director @Buzzs_xtina's favorite piece of my memorabilia. My travel voucher to the moon. #Apollo11


When on a business trip, claiming your expenses from your office is a common practice. Seems like a trip to the moon and back is no different. 

On the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing last month, astronaut Buzz Aldrin shared some photos from his mission to the moon. One of these photos includes a “travel voucher” he submitted to the US government to reimburse $33.31. This nominal sum comes up to $215 today or Rs 13,690 approximately. The travel voucher has one of the most unusual itineraries starting from Florida to Moon to Pacific Ocean to Hawaii, and then back home to Houston. It also includes each detail of his travel arrangements including government air, government spacecraft, USAF plane, and a government vehicle back home.

If that wasn’t enough, Aldrin also had to fill in a customs form at Honolulu, Hawaii, where Aldrin and Neil Armstrong had to declare what they had brought back from the moon. This included “moon rock, and moon dust samples.”

These documents may have felt unnecessary at the time, especially after having spent so much time away from home (in this case, Planet Earth). But after all these years, it is quite the collectors’ item.

  • Published Date: August 4, 2015 5:48 PM IST