Posey’s Bipartisan Bill Commemorates Apollo 11’s 50th Anniversary
By Space Coast Daily // December 6, 2016
Proceeds Will Go Toward College Scholarships
ABOVE VIDEO: Rep. Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) recalls the Apollo 11 moon landing his days working on the Apollo program at McDonnell Douglas. Earlier this week, Posey and his fellow legislators passed a bill to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing.
Washington, DC – U.S. House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-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 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission moon landing.
“The United States remains the only country to have ever landed humans on a celestial body off the Earth and brought them home safely,” Posey said. “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.”
Posey, long known as one of U.S. Congress’ most staunch advocates for space exploration, was an inspector of Apollo equipment at McDonnell Douglas. The Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Commemorative Coin would celebrate the estimated 400,000 Americans across the country who contributed to its extraordinary success, including thousands of residents in Brevard County.
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.