There's a Government Form For Your Moon Expenses - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
There’s a Government Form For Your Moon Expenses

As far as government paperwork goes, this might just be the best government paperwork ever filed. 

According to the Federal government, employees embarking on government-sponsored missions for which there are billable expenses must fill out expense reports and submit them, including if their government-sponsored mission was to the moon. Yesterday, former NASA astronaut and noted moon mission-er Buzz Aldrin shared the paperwork he filed with NASA in order to get $33.31 worth of fuel expenses back – expenses he accrued driving from Houston to Cape Kennedy, where he boarded the Apollo spacecraft.

The paper, which is beyond cool and more than a little surreal, lists the the mission as a “round trip” for Col. Edwin A. “Buzz” Aldrin, going from Houston to Cape Kennedy to the moon to Cape Kennedy and back to Houston. 


Note that Aldrin was not reimbursed for his expenses from Cape Kennedy to the moon and back. He used a “government spacecraft” for that, and his meals and fuel were NASA provided, of course. That’s good, since, as one commentor on Gizmodo pointed out, at the standard reimbursement rate of $.10 per mile listed, the 472,000 mile journey would have cost the government (and, first, Aldrin) about $48,000, more than twice Aldrin’s yearly salary at the time. There’s no indication as to whether he would have earned a per diem rate (but probably not).


Sign Up to receive Our Latest Updates! Register

Notice to Readers: The American Spectator and Spectator World are marks used by independent publishing companies that are not affiliated in any way. If you are looking for The Spectator World please click on the following link:

Be a Free Market Loving Patriot. Subscribe Today!