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[b]Honoring space pioneers on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing[/b]
[i]As we approach the 40th anniversary of men first landing on another celestial body, I, along with many of my colleagues in Congress, want to honor two major firsts from the early days of America's space program, starting with the lunar landing.
That's why today we announced legislation to bestow the distinguished Congressional Gold Medal - the highest civilian award given by Congress - on the crew of Apollo 11 that carried out the near-miraculous July 20, 1969 moon landing. Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. were the first and second humans to set boot on the moon, while command module pilot Michael Collins orbited above.
The "New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal," would also honor the first American who orbited the Earth, John Herschel Glenn Jr. At 87, Glenn is retired from the U.S. Senate and living in his home state of Ohio.[/i]
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