Could I afford to go to
as well as the Cape, with my NASA Apollo 11 credentials?
First, I needed a budget. I called around and found that Hertz would rent a car
to a 19 year-old like me for $16 a day (remember these are 1969 dollars). I
already had my $94.50 return air flight and my $10 per night motel. My friend
Marv would split the car and motel expenses. These and other items brought the
total estimated expenses to $220 plus airfare. That doesn’t sound like much, but it is about
$2,038 in 2014 dollars. I had some money saved up from working, but I would
barely be able to cover going to the Cape. So Houston was out—I would watch the launch from the Cape and hopefully cover the landing from there as well. I
also had an idea to help pay for the expenses.
#Apollo11Eyewitness Post #17