The final bill for this week’s Apollo 11 anniversary celebrations is a sky-high $1.4 million.
Federal procurement documents show the whopping costs for the 50th anniversary events this week in Washington D.C. to be exponentially pricier than a decade before, according to TMZ, when the 40th anniversary party totaled just $43,000.
There were exhibits, performances, speeches and, as part of the fun, a full-scale model of the original Saturn V rocket — the spacecraft that sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins — was projected onto the Washington monument.
The United States sent six manned missions to the moon between 1969 and 1972.
Aldrin and Collins were on hand for the big anniversary, which included an Oval Office visit with President Trump, who touted his plans to create a new military branch dedicated to the final frontier known informally as “Space Force.”
“We’re going to be doing the Space Force. I assume you guys are all in favor of the Space Force,” Trump said to the two astronauts. “We’re very close to getting that completed and operating. It’s going to be very exciting.”
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