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House Passes Bipartisan Legislation to Mark 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with Commemorative Coin

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Bill Posey (R-FL), John Culberson (R-TX), Gene Green (D-TX), and Rod Blum (R-IA) to recognize and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with a commemorative coin. (July 20, 2019 is the actual anniversary.)

“I am honored to be a co-sponsor of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. In addition to honoring the Apollo 11 crew members and everyone else who made this historic mission possible, the coins are a testament to America’s innovative spirit,” said Representative Frederica S. Wilson (FL-24). “More important, proceeds from the sale of the coin will help fund college scholarships for future astronauts, scientists and engineers, ensuring our great nation’s place as a leader of scientific and technological discovery.”

“The United States remains the only country to have ever landed humans on a celestial body off the Earth and brought them home safely,” said Representative Bill Posey (FL-08) who worked on the Apollo program as a young man. “Passage of this bill honors that great feat and recognizes astronauts Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, who made the historic journey. I would like to thank all of our cosponsors who worked to make this possible.”

The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin celebrates the innovative spirit and resolve that defined the Apollo program and the estimated 400,000 Americans across the country who contributed to its extraordinary success.

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.