Congress isn’t interested in sending people to space these days, but that won’t stop them from giving out medals to some of those who’ve been there. Speaking earlier today in the U.S. Capitol rotunda, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden bestowed Congressional Gold Medals on astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins – the famed Apollo 11 crew – in addition to John Glenn. Alongside the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S. Seriously, how – why? – had this not happened any earlier? Really? 2011? Said Bolden:
The inspiration these four have provided to generations isn’t something we can measure, but we can feel it in our hearts. As a nation, we would not be the same without them and their bravery, their sense of duty and dedication to public service and their great skill at thinking on their feet.
They changed the course of history and helped our nation to achieve the bigger things to which our greater nature aspires. We owe them our humblest gratitude.
In that spirit, here’s a re-run of Turn it Up to Apollo 11. Turn off the lights, sit back, put on your surround-sound helmet, and lift off.
Also, thanks for punching that guy, Buzz.