Medal to Honor Apollo 11 Astronauts
By David L. Ganz
the Senate and the House used the 40th
anniversary of man's landing on the moon to pass
separate bills to mandate issuance of a national
gold medal to astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin
"Buzz" Aldrin, and Michael Collins of Apollo 11,
and John H. Glenn of Friendship 7.
Bronze duplicates would be produced and offered
for sale by the U.S. Mint, and would be called
national medals. Because two different versions
passed, the measure will either go to conference
to iron our small differences, or one house will
have to recede from its position.
Armstrong landed on the moon on July 20, 1969,
taking a giant step "for mankind." Aldrin
accompanied him in the lunar lander and was the
second man to walk on the moon. Collins remained
The landing was later commemorated on the
reverse of the Eisenhower and Susan B. Anthony
Glenn's 1962 flight three times around the globe
paved the path to the lunar surface.
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