How the Apollo 11 crew obtained their life insurance

50th anniversary of moon landing

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With this week marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, it is worth remembering that Neil Armstrong once estimated the Apollo 11 landing mission had about a 50% chance of success.

It is perhaps not surprising, then, that only a few life insurers were willing to offer competitive cover to the first astronauts travelling to the moon. According to David Todd, head of space content at satelite launch database Seradata, some life insurance companies wanted to offer the Apollo 11 crew life insurance for next to nothing, in exchange for the publicity they would receive in return. However their offers were declined. Instead, the Apollo 11 crew had another idea. They autographed a vast number of postal envelopes, which were stamped at the local postal office at home dur...

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