Even Neil Armstrong got paid per diem

Neil Armstrong steps into history July 20, 1969 by leaving the first human footprint on the surface of the moon.

This final note today, my nod to the passing of Neil Armstrong, since I'm kind of a space geek.

There's nothing especially Marketplace-y about a 40-year-old moon mission. Except this: I read today that Armstrong -- and all the other Apollo astronauts -- got per diem during their trips to the moon. Eight bucks a day. Minus a deduction for accommodations, since they had the spacecraft to stay in.

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