45th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

The Soviet Union's launch of the first satellite, Sputnik 1, into orbit on October 4, 1957, initiated the "Space Race." This monumental time in our nation's history led to the creation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the House Committee on Science and Astronautics, which is known today as the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. This era was marked with Commander Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.

We celebrate this unforgettable achievement 45 years later.

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Committee

“This 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing is a reminder of what this nation is capable of doing when it sets a clear goal, provides the needed resources, and maintains its commitment to attaining that goal.


"I think that the best tribute we can pay to the brave crew of Apollo 11 and to all of those who made this monumental accomplishment possible is to recommit America, working in concert with our international partners, to a sustained and vital program of human exploration of the solar system, with Mars as our goal.

"Such an endeavor will inspire our young people, spur technological innovation, and strengthen our geopolitical standing. I urge my colleagues in Congress and in the Administration to make that program a reality.”


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Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD), Ranking Member of the Space Subcommittee

“In under a decade, Apollo 11 achieved a bold and ambitious goal that led many Americans to pursue education and careers in science and engineering and to establish a foundation of U.S. leadership in space exploration, science, and technology.  The unfortunate truth is that we risk leaving that foundation to crumble if we fail to set and sustain ambitious new goals for human exploration of outer space and to invest in research and development.

"NASA is critical to our nation and its economic strength, and there is no more fitting way to honor Apollo 11 than to resume our commitment to human exploration of deep space that we proved possible 45 years ago.

"Our bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2014 gets us started, and I look forward to continuing the mission.”

Photos courtesy of NASA History Office and the NASA JSC Media Services Center.