Syndication: Fringe Benefit From Space

The U.S. astronauts are legitimate space-age heroes, dedicated men who risk their lives on lean military salaries modestly enhanced by the flight pay that is partially earned in orbit: some $80 for every quick trip around the earth. But there are fringe benefits too: the seven original spacemen got about $70,000 each for selling personal accounts of their experiences to LIFE. Last week, their ranks swollen by nine new volunteers, the astronauts did just about as well with the second chapter of their story. For a total of $1,040,000, they sold the publishing rights to LIFE and to Field...

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