July 17, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 120 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ``APOLLO 11''; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 120
(House of Representatives - July 17, 2019)
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[Pages H5923-H5924] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF ``APOLLO 11'' The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Ohio (Mr. Balderson) for 5 minutes. Mr. BALDERSON. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to commemorate the 50th anniversary of spaceflight Apollo 11 that [[Page H5924]] first landed humankind on the Moon. As we all know, aboard this mission were American heroes: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Jr., and Michael Collins. When Neil Armstrong first set foot on the Moon on July 20, 1969, he secured a place in a long, proud line of Ohioans who have performed aviation firsts. Beginning with the Wright brothers and continuing today with the fine scientists at NASA's Glenn Research Center, generations of Ohioans have consistently led and driven innovation in our country. For centuries, Ohio has been on the forefront of new technologies and always pushed the boundaries of mankind in the name of exploration. I would be remiss if I did not personally thank those brave astronauts who led the Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago for putting their lives on the line in service to their country. When Commander Armstrong took his first steps onto the Moon, surely, he couldn't have known that a 7-year-old boy from his home State of Ohio was watching in amazement with his whole life ahead of him. May our country always remember how profound the Apollo 11 Moon landings were, and still are. May we always honor the crew members, backup crew, support crew, capsule communications, and flight directors who made this mission a success and may the United States of America forever remain not only the first, but the principal nation of space exploration. ____________________