Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

It is tagged as the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act.

U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL) John Culberson (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX) and Rod Blum (R-IA) have introduced legislation to recognize and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a Commemorative Coin.

July 20, 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission moon landing.

 

Proceeds from the coin

According to a statement from lawmaker Posey’s office, the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin “would celebrate not only the innovative spirit and resolve that defined the Apollo program but also the estimated 400,000 Americans across the country who contributed to its extraordinary success.”

Additionally, proceeds from the coin will support college scholarships for students pursuing science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degrees, educational initiatives that promote space exploration, the Astronauts Memorial that honors the astronauts whom have fallen in the line of duty, and the National Air and Space Museum’s new “Destination Moon” exhibit– all at no cost to taxpayers.

Representative Posey worked on the Apollo program as a young man.

Apollo 11 moonwalkers, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Credit: NASA

Apollo 11 moonwalkers, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin.
Credit: NASA

Great achievement

“It is an honor to cosponsor the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act. I will never forget the day that I and millions of others witnessed on television what is inarguably one of our nation’s greatest achievements,” said Representative Frederica Wilson.

Representative John Culberson added: “The landing of Apollo 11 marks an important milestone in human history and to-date, is the farthest humans have traveled. We need to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers to push the limits and take up the mantle of space exploration to Mars and beyond. So it is fitting that proceeds from the coin will fund STEM education scholarships and programs.”

Radio waves

“The commemorative coin will serve a reminder of what we’ve achieved and an inspiration to continue to strive for greatness,” said Texas representative, Gene Green.

Iowa Representative, Rod Blum, noted that there is a strong connection between Iowa’s First District and the Apollo missions.

Turns out that Cedar Rapids-based Rockwell Collins provided a Collins radio used to broadcast back to Earth Neil Armstrong’s immortal words: “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

“I am proud to support this bipartisan legislation,” Blum said.

 

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