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11 Things You Didn't Know About the First Moon Landing

By Becky Ferreira Jul 21, 2014

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Life Insurance Probs

Turns out that when you plan to ride a giant ballistic missile to the moon and back, life insurance companies won't touch you with a ten-foot pole. Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins learned this lesson the hard way, and had to devise another way to make sure their families would be financially covered were the worst to happen. So the trio decided to sign hundreds of autographs to be sold in the case of a tragedy. It would not be the first time the Apollo 11 astronauts had to get creative with an astronaut-specific problem—as you will see in this slideshow!

Tags: science, slideshows, nasa, space travel, moon landing, apollo 11

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Becky Ferreira

Becky Ferreira is a writer, performer, and raptor based in New York.

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