PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
Apollo astronauts were considered government employees, with most at the rank of captain. Regardless of their substantial education the average yearly income of these astronauts in the 1960's was $17,000 ($100,000 in 2012 money) solely based on military rank. They also were not paid any hazard pay. Additionally the astronauts were paid per-diem of $8 extra a day ($50 in 2012 money) for each day they spent in the spacecraft. However their per-diem was "pre-deduction" and they were deducted for living expenses when aboard the spacecraft, as food and a bed was provided for them.
Why do you think space flight is important?
Neil Armstrong: I had a few opportunities in the X-15 to observe the atmosphere. It was so thin, such a small part of the Earth that you could barely see it at all. And when you're down here in the crowd and you look up, ...
The film makes it seem that there was an enormous amount of public sentiment against the Apollo program. As there were many great social issues on the mind of the public at the time, there definitely were some who were against it, but they were, without question, clearly in the minority. The majority of Americans were strongly in support of it. The public view was so positive that due to the social turmoil, the riots, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, the ratcheting up of Vietnam, racism, and so-on was so intense that the moon landing has been described as "the event that saved the sixties."
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