Worth Knowing About Geeks
Apollo 11 astronauts used their signatures as what? They have?
Answer: Life insurance
You can take out insurance for almost anything in the open air if you have enough money to burn – insurance for your vintage book collection, insurance for your famous one Radio voice and so on. But what about when it comes to taking out insurance for non-global companies? When it was time to take out a life insurance policy to protect their families in the event of their unfortunate death, Apollo 11's astronauts determined that any insurance package they could find was in the face of the enormous risk they face on Earth orbit took to the moon, was astronomically expensive.
Instead of proper life insurance, the Apollo 11 crew relied on their fame to provide financial security for their families. Before the launch of the Apollo 11 mission, they signed hundreds of envelopes with Apollo stamps and other Apollo mission symbols. The envelopes were all stamped on the day of departure and shared among the families to sell if the men did not return home. Luckily, all Apollo astronauts returned safely to Earth, and the signed envelopes were not used as life-insurance payoffs, but as highly memorable space-space memorabilia.