Hutchison Recognizes 40th Anniversary of America’s Moon Landing

July 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member on the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, today recognized the 40th anniversary of America’s moon landing, when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin’s lunar module touched down on the surface of the moon for the first time.

“Forty years ago today, our nation and the world, paused to witness history as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin saw firsthand the ‘magnificent desolation’ of the moon,” said Senator Hutchison. “The anniversary we celebrate today comes at a time when we need to be reminded that we can overcome challenges and achieve great things, when we are committed and dedicated and prepared to step up to the plate. We face enormous challenges as a nation and as part of the global community. Finding solutions to our current economic crisis, ensuring our national security, and finding solutions to the many domestic issues we face, in health care, unemployment, energy and the environment. As we celebrate the anniversary of the lunar landing, we honor the vision, courage and accomplishments of all of the men and women of Apollo, whether astronauts, engineers, flight directors or assembly workers, and their families. And we thank them for nearly two generations of excellence and leadership in science and technology.”

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