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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today in honor of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing:
“Forty-five years ago, Neil Armstrong, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin, and Michael Collins achieved President Kennedy’s dream of a successful mission to land astronauts on the moon. Throughout history, people all across the world have shared the common experience of staring up into the night sky and gazing at the moon, finding their way by its reflected light. On July 20, 1969, when people looked up at the moon, for the first time, their gazes were returned. In that moment, perhaps more than any other in our history, we ceased to be a multitude of nations and were joined together as one common humanity.
“When the Apollo 11 astronauts journeyed to the moon, they brought with them a piece of fabric from the wing of the Wright brothers’ glider, the first successful airplane. I am proud that America led the world in taking flight and later in exploring the moon. I am confident that the ingenuity, creativity, and perseverance of our nation’s innovators, including the exceptional men and women at NASA, will continue to push back the boundaries of imagination and open new frontiers of science and learning that will benefit generations to come.”