The other day I watched Apollo 13 for the 20th time. I really like the movie.

The story is amazing one, building a CO2 scubber from spare parts and just making back alive.

Then it got me thinking … what would have happened to the families of the astronauts if they did not make it back.

I doubt any life insurance company at the time would be willing to cover the risk.

Then I found this article and pod cast on the NPR blog “What the Apollo Astronauts did for Life Insurance”. All I can say is very inventive!

What The Apollo Astronauts Did For Life Insurance : NPR 
Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he had to solve a more prosaic problem. 
http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/08/30/160267398/what-the-apollo-astronauts-did-for-life-insurance