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(J.R.H. 16)

Offered by: Representatives Brooks of Montpelier, Dunne of Hartland and Obuchowski of Rockingham.

Whereas, for centuries, human beings have dreamed of traveling to the far away and alluring constellations and galaxies whose twinkling lights grace earth's sky at night, and

Whereas, in May 1961, shortly after Alan Shepard became the first American to successfully ride into space, President John F. Kennedy pledged to the American people that this nation would land a man on the moon, and return him safely to earth, before the conclusion of the 1960s, and

Whereas, a successful round trip to our nearest celestial neighbor, the moon, was an essential introduction to interplanetary exploration, and

Whereas, by working diligently, and despite intervening tragedy, the Apollo 11 command module, under the expert guidance of American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, successfully landed on the moon, and

Whereas, this momentous success led the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to launch the Skylab and shuttle programs, and

Whereas, unlike a generation ago, there is now international cooperation in space ventures that serves as the foundation for the new space station being constructed in the heavens as a platform for astronomical and planetary study, and

Whereas, as the community of nations commences this new era in space endeavors, it is timely to recall the 30th anniversary of the first manned lunar landing, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the Vermont General Assembly is honored to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing, and be it further

Resolved: That beginning in 1999, the 20th of July of each year shall be designated as Space Exploration Day, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the executive director of NASA in Washington D.C.