Is it really true that astronauts actually have to pay for pillows and blankets during space-flights as shown in Ad Astra?
I would rather say it sounds like paying for drinking water or maybe at best for chocolates in corporate/IT firm, when astronauts are being informed, they have to pay for pillows and blankets.
Pillows and blankets are basic amenities and generally the astronauts need those to protect them from apparent low temperatures due to cooling systems in the shuttle. And even if everything provided to astronaut needs thorough medical cleansing, those items could still be re-used for other astronauts too.
Then why do the astronauts have to pay (to mention, a pretty decent amount of ~100$) for those things?