If you're attempting the first ever landing on the moon, taking out life insurance might not be a bad idea.
But for Neil Armstrong, who was on a federal salary of just $17,000 at the time of the moon landing in 1969, there was no way to afford the $50,000-a-year policy - more than $300,000 in today's money.
So the astronaut came up with an inventive way to make sure his family were provided for should he not return - he signed a series of space-themed envelopes they could sell.
Running that through the Inflation Calculator, that works out to $106,124.47 in today's dollars -- a good salary by most people's lights, but chump change for that noble laity that
infests deigns to rule over us. That'd be what a junior manager gets, let alone what the more senior stumblebums shovel in in our grotesquely overpaid governments (Alberta Health and ORNGE, anyone?). I have to laugh at the claim that we have to pay these premium salaries to attract "the best." Good God, if those are the best . . .
Armstrong certainly was a far braver and more accomplished man than any civil servants I can think of. It'd be tempting to send them all to the moon, mostly because we can be pretty confident that none of them could find their way back.