November 16th, 2011
02:21 PM ET

John Glenn, crew of Apollo 11 awarded Congressional Gold Medals

At a ceremony in Washington on Wednesday, John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins were awarded Congressional Gold Medals for their work advancing human spaceflight.

Along with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor awarded in the United States. It is given to people who have performed some outstanding duty or deed benefiting the security, prosperity or interest of the United States.

Glenn, Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins were among the pioneers of human spaceflight. They took enormous risks in the interest of the exploration of an extremely hostile and unknown environment.

Glenn, the first American to complete a full orbit of Earth, was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990. He also became the oldest man to fly in space: When he was 77, he flew aboard the space shuttle Discovery.

Armstrong was the commander of Apollo 11 and the first man to walk on the moon. Upon stepping onto the lunar surface, he spoke the oft-quoted words, "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

Aldrin was the lunar module pilot on the crew of Apollo 11. He was the second man to set foot on the moon, following Armstrong.

Collins was the command module pilot on the crew of Apollo 11. When Armstrong and Aldrin took the lunar module down to the surface of the moon, Collins stayed behind in Columbia, in orbit around the moon.

NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden summed up the astronauts' legacy:

"When, 50 years ago this year, President Kennedy challenged the nation to reach the moon, to 'take longer strides' toward a 'great new American enterprise,' these men were the human face of those words. From Mercury and Gemini, on through our landings on the Moon in the Apollo Program, their actions unfolded the will of a nation for the greater achievement of humankind.

"Today, another young president has challenged us to reach for new heights and plan an ambitious mission to Mars. Just as we called on the four individuals we honor today to carry out our early achievements in space, we now call on a new generation of explorers to go where we have never gone before."

For more on Apollo 11, visit CNN's This Just In.

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  1. tcaros

    They were rewarded many times over... .get over it. It looks like Congress had nothing better to do, so they looked for some "old heroes" to put in the spotlight and take blame off of the inaction on Jobs.

    November 21, 2011 at 12:30 am |
  2. me

    our leaders should get those medals! Arnt they all in outer space?

    November 20, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  3. hecep

    Well, it seems to be the case that Glenn's involvement in the Lincoln Savings and Keating Five scandel wasn't a considerable issue for Congress in awarding this medal to one of their own. Heck. It was probably a plus.

    November 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
    • Marin89

      Good point. For the risks John Glenn, and the others took, they should be considered for the Medal of Honor!

      November 20, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  4. Wolf

    What? No posts about how the moon landing was a hoax? (Oh, wait – I do see one in there)
    The CNN comment trolls are getting sloppy – or maybe just having an off day.

    Congratulations to these astronauts – even if Congress IS a bunch of overpaid bozos, these astronauts deserve thanks (in fact, deserved it 40 years ago)

    November 19, 2011 at 10:59 am |
    • Neil Baker

      Most of the NASA space program is a hoax. ISS is a hoax in our faces today. We can know it's a hoax because the spacewalks are a hoax because the spacesuits are a hoax. In their over fifty years of alleged use, not a single spacesuit has ever been publicly demonstrated to work in a walk-in high vacuum chamber. Nobody has ever even seen a spacesuit cooling system nickel porous plate ice sublimator.
      People believe what they want to believe. Most are too dumb-downed or fearful of the truth to confront it.
      Keep repeating it over and over: it was 19 Arabs with boxcutters, it was 19 Arabs with boxcutters, it was 19 Arabs with boxcutters, it was 19 Arabs with boxcutters, it was 19 Arabs with boxcutters, ....

      November 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
      • Buck

        Neil, you are an idiot. That is all.

        November 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • Martin

        The same idiots who don't think we went to the Moon are the same idiots who believe in UFO's and Sasquatch. Go figure.

        November 20, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
  5. coldassets

    What about Chuck Yeager??? He did more for the flight and space program, but didn't fit into 'their' mold of what an astronaut, American hero should be. he didn't have 'the right stuff'. Here's to you Chuck, those that know, know the truth.

    November 19, 2011 at 2:14 am |
    • ice

      Maybe because he was Russian?

      November 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  6. John F

    What about all the others? What about Apollo 8 and Apollo 13? Anyone who left earth's orbit should have been honored equally.
    Michael Collins was always forgotten but he never should have been. I remember the parade fro him in New Orleans after he returned from the moon.

    November 19, 2011 at 12:41 am |
  7. don't believe the hype

    Each of these men were seconded to the space program from one of the armed services and got plenty of medals at the time from their respective service. It's just a stunt that only serves to remind us that we've let the space program languish since the 70s in the "care" of career administrators rather than explorers and innovators.

    They were frigging astronauts, how could a chunk of medal presented by some two face politicians compare with fact that these men are among the very few who got the privilege of going to space and the moon? These men were feted left and right at the time of their accomplishments. A trinket now is just a slap in the face of the two generations that have followed where we've put politics, bureaucracy, and "safety"(and that's not worked out so well) ahead of moving humanity past depending solely on earth for its resources.

    November 18, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  8. chrisnorch

    I was very fortunate to attend the medal ceremony and reception afterwards and got to meet, shake the hands and get a photo with each of these fine Americans ... what an incredible day and long overdue

    November 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  9. Greg

    YAAAAA BUDDY

    November 18, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  10. JOE

    I was just a kid when the Apollo 11 landed on the moon and I was sought of puzzled. See, I just couldn't understand how man could walk on that unique object that lit up at night. Then my folkes explained it to me but it still didn't make sense until I grew older. Then I really came to grasp and appreciate what these great pioneers did for our country and the world. And when the Space Shuttle blasted off for the first time in 1981 I was like a kid again, so trilled and amazed by that marvelous space craft soaring into the heavens. A tribute to America's innovative spirit and will to excell. Congratulations to the crew of the Apollo 11 and to all who have contributed to making our space program second to none.

    November 18, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  11. John Pickett

    These Hero's awards were LONG OVERDUE!

    November 18, 2011 at 5:59 am |
  12. Dan Bednarik

    They [the astronauts] should tell Congress to shove the medals up the dark side of their respective moons.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
  13. Cedar Rapids

    I am ashamed to say I did not recognise the name Collins. The rest sure, but Michael Collins, no.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  14. Rob

    They haven't already won this award? Seriously? What do you have to do to win this award in a timely fashion if going to the moon, landing and coming back using 60's technology doesn't do it?

    November 17, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • AB

      60s technology? Do you know how much work goes into a space shuttle design and orbiter vehicle manufacturing? Not to mention anti-gravity training...Oh the same sixties technology still exists and does work

      November 17, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
      • Craig Holm

        Talking about 60s tech, if you consider the space shuttle a ship, those guys went to the moon on a RAFT. You cell phone has more computation capability than the Apollo 11 command module.

        November 18, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  15. Glades2

    What they did took courage that few people have – the risk of death was and is very high, and most people would not accept what any astronaut is chosen to do. My guess is that any travel further than the Moon is unlikely, because the physical and mental risk involved is too great. It's interesting that aside from the Moon, there is no other celestial body that is close enough to travel to easily, so no doubt we were meant to remain on Earth alone...

    November 17, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  16. Claxton

    For the crew of Apollo 11, the Congressional Gold Medal is just another accolade in a series of them. They received the Presidential Medal of Freedom many years ago...I don't know if Glenn has received that medal, though, but considering that he rode an Atlas missile into orbit, then came back many years later to ride a shuttle, it's well deserved.

    Much as a space buff as I am, we've got some serious problems on the ground right now that need attention. President Bush made the right decision to discontinue shuttle. If he didn't, the next lost orbiter would likely have ended the manned component of our space program. But shuttle should've continued to fly at least until the next generation of spacecraft was ready for use.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  17. Stan

    The real heroes are the animals that paved the way. They didn't volunteer. Glenn never did anything that a chimpanzee didn't do before him and, as a Senator, he betrayed them and sent them to a research lab. Congress continues to be clueless.

    November 17, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • JoeJack

      Animals are good to eat.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • fc2turbomss

        Mmmm...yummy...chimp burgers

        November 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Ted

      Difference being STAN, Animals didn't have a clue as to what could go wrong. Every one of those Human Fliers did. Remember STAN, Alot of what YOU use today in your NORMAL Life, was because of the Space Program. My Hats off to the Animals and People who helped make STAN's Life a little easier.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  18. Jessica, NJ

    Why the heck isn't Alan Shepard being honored? Being the first American in space isn't enough???

    November 17, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      My guess is they wanted living people that they wanted live people to parade around like performing monkeys in front of the cameras. Don't worry, Alan Shepard was honored greatly during his lifetime, and far more sincerely.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
    • Ted

      I Second That Jessica. Great Point.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
    • Marin89

      The first American in space, and the longest drive in history. It deserves a special page in history!!

      November 20, 2011 at 3:31 am |
  19. RealTimeMike

    Another painful reminder that our days of challenging ourselves to take risks are over. We are soft as a country.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm |
    • CNNuthin

      We are not soft as a country. We just have a soft goverment and a soft majority. There are still a lot of people out there challenging themselves and the limits around us. Problem is that they have to follow too many rules to do it.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
  20. CNNuthin

    "Here is a medal. By the way, we just cut NASA's budget again. Good work and all. Just not profitable."

    November 17, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
  21. JimboK

    Just so everybody knows, images of the Apollo landing sites have already been made by the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter. See: http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_browse?page=34 for starters. Descent stages, experiment packages, rover and astronaut tracks, etc. are clearly visible.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  22. ATPMSD

    Well dissevered. But what about Alan Shepard who was the first American to sit atop a rocket and be blasted into space at a time when there was the very real possibility that he would have just been blasted to bits?

    November 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm |
  23. Jeff

    It still amazes me that in America 40 years ago, we had the technology to put men on the moon, and now we cant even send them into orbit. Sad step backwards.

    November 17, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • CNNuthin

      We can send them. We just can't afford to.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
      • Jeff

        Not being able to because you dont have the money instead of not being able to because you don't have the skills still gets you nowhere.

        November 18, 2011 at 10:43 am |
  24. steve

    True heroes all. It's about time they were awarded medals from a grateful country!

    November 17, 2011 at 10:47 am |
    • JoeJack

      These are another in a long list of medals these individuals have received for their actions.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  25. Mike

    A melancholy event given the sad state of our space program. Way to go congress . . . we'll just hitch rides with the Russians.

    November 17, 2011 at 9:59 am |
  26. Wally

    Easier to fund some metals that continue the space program....well done congress

    November 17, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  27. Big Carl

    What for we never made it to the moon!! We can't get past our lunar orbit let alone go the the moon!! Stop the lie's !!!

    November 17, 2011 at 8:22 am |
    • Josh

      If you were so cheap, you could get yourself a good telescope, and see the lunar landing sights for yourself.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:48 am |
      • ned

        so josh how long have you worked for NASA (see the landing site) right??? it was all a move to scare the Russians in to thinking we had ballistic nukes in space and we can blow them away at a whim.

        November 17, 2011 at 10:01 am |
      • Trippp

        Josh.......You cant see the landing site from any land based telescopes, even the most powerful ones. It took 45 years and the LRO to finally put those idiot moon hoaxers to rest. Those conspiracy idiots have such a bad understanding of basic science it boogles the mind.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm |
    • steve

      Big Carl and Jim win the Boob Prize. Congratulations on your win.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • flashtrum

      If you seriously took about 30 minutes of time, you could easily find independent confirmation from a number of sources. Other countries, observatories, etc. And if you had enough knowledge and a few hundred bucks, you could confirm it for yourselves. Get a decent telescope, a decent laser, find the coordinates, and you can point your laser (and see the return beam) of the reflectors left by the Apollo missions. I guess we just launched the capsules out of an airplane for all of those splashdowns. And those moon rocks are simply painted desert rocks. And THOUSANDS of people who worked for NASA and THOUSANDS more who worked for contractors are all good at keeping their mouth shut.

      Sadly, no amount of proof will convince you. If we launched a satalite into moon orbit and took pics of the landing sites, you'd simply say there were photoshopped. It's ok, dim bulbs are allowed an opinion, too.

      November 17, 2011 at 10:52 am |
      • JimboK

        Just so everybody knows, images of the Apollo landing sites have already been made by the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter. See: http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_browse?page=34 for starters. Descent stages, experiment packages, rover and astronaut tracks, etc. are clearly visible.

        November 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Pliny

      That's OK Big Carl.

      None of us believe that you exist either.

      November 17, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Judas Priest

      I would just like to point out, as so many already have, how much of a moron you are.
      About (holds hand above top of head) this much.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • MBDK

      "We can't get past our lunar orbit let alone go the the moon!! "

      FYI, Einstein, you don't need to go past lunar orbit to land on the Moon.

      November 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  28. Willdone

    ".....To boldly go where no one has gone before." Someday the human seed will spread to places beyond our galaxy, if we don't destroy it first.

    November 17, 2011 at 8:18 am |
  29. Jt_flyer

    So congress can still accomplish things. How nice.

    November 17, 2011 at 7:55 am |
    • Josh

      And in a typical Congressional manor, it took them decades to get it done. Come on, we are talking about finally giving out a medal to Americans who did their heroic act way back in the 1960's.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  30. Mike

    If you dont think the astronauts were risking their lives; three astronauts died in the Apollo 1 fire in 1967, Gus Grissom, Roger Chaffee and the first American to walk in space, Ed White. Astronauts Charles Bassett and Elliot See died in Airplane crashes befoire their Gemini flight in 1966. There were others. Of course, there are the deaths after we went to the Moon, like the Challenger and Columbia crews. Did someone say being an astronaut was not risky? Not laying your life on the line? You know absolutely nothing about spaceflight. Please study a bit about the space program.

    November 17, 2011 at 5:57 am |
    • alpg49

      IIRC, after the Apollo 11 flight, the 3 crew members compared notes. They all felt about the same: 25% chance they'd get killed and only 50% chance they'd complete the mission. Of course, before the flight, they had to show 100% confidence.

      November 17, 2011 at 9:15 am |
      • Judas Priest

        Balls of steel.

        November 17, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
  31. Starstruck

    This video is well worth watching. True heroes from another era. We should pick up where they left off, face challenges and fulfill objectives with the commitment that only those who believe failure is not an option demonstrate.

    November 17, 2011 at 4:02 am |
  32. steve

    I think it should have been noted that command module pilot Michael Collins has been deceased for several years now.
    He lost a long battle with leukemia.
    Again these were some of my heros growing up in the 1960's

    November 17, 2011 at 2:36 am |
    • Woody

      Michael Collins is still very much alive and is one of the people in the video. You may be thinking of Allen Shepard. I believe he died from leukemia in 1998.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:48 am |
    • Whut?

      Who is the first guy on the left?

      November 17, 2011 at 3:48 am |
      • Sid Prejean

        Mike Collins on the left, Neal Armstrong in the center, John Glenn, far right.
        Last I heard of Buzz Aldrin, he decked some guy (40+yyears his junior) for casting doubt on the Moon landing.

        November 17, 2011 at 10:56 am |
      • Judas Priest

        @Sid, you can find it on YouTube, but this article contains an embed of the Daily Show's segment on it.
        http://www.csicop.org/news/show/buzz_aldrin_punches_moon-landing_conspiracy_theorist

        November 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
      • Judas Priest

        Correction...it's just the punch. Oh well. Still very satisfying.

        November 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm |
  33. hilo, HI

    I do not care about the politics of it all -what they did was amazing and I'm glad they're still being honored for it -and they have conducted themselves with true grace and dignity ever since.

    Yesterday, I heard Astronaut Yvonne Cagle speak at the University of Hawaii, and she was brilliant and awe inspiring.

    The Troubles of the World are many, but that we work to reach for the stars is so hopeful, imo.

    November 17, 2011 at 12:49 am |
  34. Akm

    These are our heroes. It's the right thing to honor them.

    Hopefully some day, we will be able to go back to the Moon.

    November 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
  35. Eric

    C'gress to astronauts: Here take this medal and now go and ride a bike. Don't ask for a three wheeler: that is one-wheel too expensive.

    November 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm |
  36. hms

    I was 11 years old, when the Vanguard series of rockets could not get off the launch pad. It was cold and I was playing outside with a Spaulding doing wall to wall. I promised to myself that I would save the US from this technological gap. 50 years later with numerous degrees and pubs up to a PhD in physics, I was discarded. Should have listened to papa in becoming a doctor, dentist or lawyer.
    Any one with a capacity for SMET should study something else since our society doesn't respect such professions. The US cam't find new astronaunts, scientists and engineers since we are respected "like a rocket scientits', pocket protectors and taped black rim glasses. The geniuses on W Street with their slick clothes and attributes are now the villians but the scientific and engineering workforce is defiled and now being filled by scientific guest workers.
    Indeed, I always reveered the courage of the austronauts from Shepard to now.

    Enjoy the future!

    November 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • power4things

      President Kennedy commissioned the program, Obummer kills it ... the wheel of life. If you're an engineer, overseas is the ticket – they still need you, and will pay for it. No stockbrokers to play with your money and look down at you as one of the "little people" because you can't steal as well as they can.

      November 17, 2011 at 12:32 am |
    • Webrydr

      hms...All good things come to an end. Most bad things, too. You sound quite bitter about being "discarded." Ever occur to you that you weren't so much discarded as you became obsolete? We're not going to be able to use the same technologies to go to Mars (or anywhere else.) So, your education and training and your accomplishments are not a waste, my friend. YOU contributed, too. From that kid back in the day to who you are now encompasses one of the greatest periods ever in human history. You should be proud, sir. You were fortunate to be part of it.

      November 17, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  37. jau

    Wow they pass out the highest civilian honor for that. What about the people who actually do something heroic. Like putting their life in danger to save some one

    November 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • Michael J.

      Don't be an idiot.

      November 16, 2011 at 9:16 pm |
    • Julie in Austin

      Space flight has provided so many scientific discoveries that it really does benefit billions of people. And they risked their lives doing it. They get my vote for deserving the medals.

      November 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
    • dodger

      @Michael J...Too late. jau is already an idiot, obviously.
      @jau...Are you even aware that three of the original astronauts DI D die during their training?

      November 17, 2011 at 2:55 am |
    • You are a Loser

      What about awarding a medal to everyone who read your stupid post?

      November 17, 2011 at 3:50 am |
    • Yuliq

      Geee... I suppose you've done something to benefit the human race... There's already one strike against you; You were born.

      November 17, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Military Astronaut

      Jau- These men were not only astronauts, but soldiers. John Glenn flew almost 150 combat missions in the South Pacific and Korea, he earned the nickname "Magnet ass" because he returned from missions several times with over 250 holes in his aircraft. Neil Armstrong flew 120-or-so missions over Korea and was shot down near Wonsan. Buzz Aldrin was a West Point Grad, was commissioned in the Air Force, and shot down a pair of Migs in Korea. Michael Collins was trained to deliver nuclear weapons and was forced to eject on a training mission in France.

      If you don't believe they were heroes as astronauts, you are truly a nincompoop if you do not see them as heroes for their military service to our nation.

      November 20, 2011 at 7:10 pm |
  38. Derek

    Now here are examples of true heros.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
  39. WJK

    I know that there were thousands of people willing to risk their lives to be on board for any one of these flights. Certainly no shortage of applications for any astronaut job. There is risk certainly, but people were running towards not away from this candle.

    November 16, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • Chris

      It was luck of the draw for them. There were plenty of people willing and able. If they get recognition it's for a job well done, but not for "risking their lives". There are thousands of GIs and civilians risking their lives at this moment.

      November 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
      • Umm ya OK

        Strap yourself on top of an untested can filled with a ridiculous amount of highly flammable propellant lately? No, of course that's not risking your life, that's just the movies.

        November 17, 2011 at 3:53 am |
    • Judas Priest

      When the Mercury astronauts were chosen, there weren't thousands of applications. They were hand-picked, mostly from the Air Force's planned space program that Eisenhower killed in favor of NASA. The Mercury Seven (and most of the Gemini and Apollo astronauts) were all military pilots, mostly combat veterans, and almost all had had test pilot experience. These were men who were accustomed to taking on great risks, great challenges.
      In short, they were (and still are) the best of the best and the boldest of the bold. It is because of the example that they set that people later applied in the thousands.

      November 17, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  40. toddflanders

    yeah astronauts

    November 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
  41. Mike Stevenson

    My dad, a WWII vet, worked on the Lunar Module at Grumman Aerospace on Long Island. He and thousands of others across the Nation put these heros (real heros!) on the moon and brought them back home. My brightest and proudest moment with my dad was the Sunday after man had walked on the moon. After church, we stopped at a local vegetable stand to buy fresh produce for Sunday dinner (remember those?). An older gentleman, spotting the NASA sticker on our car, walked up to dad, shook his hand and said (and I'll remember these words to my grave), "You with NASA?, great job son, great job!" An incredible job indeed considering the technology at the time!

    November 16, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
    • barackobama

      A fabulous time in our nation’s history that will never be repeated. A friend of mine’s father also worked on the LM project on Long Island. He had some amazing stories to tell about the development of the LM…especially during the crises with Apollo 13.

      November 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Proud

      A salute to your father on both accounts, sir.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  42. karinc

    FABULOUS – - where was the Prez for this ?? – Is Campaigning more important ? – - Come Home Boss – - Get this Congress Working (or retiring) – NOW

    November 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Flying Dutchman

      The medals were awarded by the Congress, not by the President. No mystery why the President wasn't in attendance.

      November 16, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
    • Josh

      Yea, these are CONGRESSIONAL medals, _not_ Presidential medals.

      November 17, 2011 at 8:53 am |
  43. dudley0415

    Actual heroes to a generation of Americans, honored for their courage and achievements that benefit us all. Well done.

    ...And still they couldn't honor these men without making a political plug – trying to compare Obama with Kennedy. You just gotta hate politicians.

    November 16, 2011 at 6:51 pm |
  44. Tonelok

    Commemorating the end of an era. People are so worried about our slipping standard in the world USA won't be going back to space anytime soon.

    November 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      Private ventures are almost here. SpaceX is pushing hard to get their Dragon capsule and Falcon booster man-rated. Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic are betting the farm that tourist ventures will not only pay for themselves, but finance better and more capable craft. China is taking the slow and steady road and are making huge progress. Russian corporations just lack the money to get back there in force. There are others I can't name offhand. There are still a lot of people who want this dream, and are so fed up with NASA that they are doing it any damn way they can.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  45. barackobama

    Spaceflight back then was akin to a suicide mission. A trip to the moon was off the Richter scale. Even today, it’s not quite like a flight to Hawaii. The awards are over-due. Well done!

    November 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  46. gager

    Amazing bravery of all those men.

    November 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  47. brian

    hummm! isnt is curious that these men were honored. It may be just me but i think they were honored for keeping there mouth shut about what they seen on the moon and in other areas of space. Advancement of the usa and its security. Sure. They told us mr alien said get the f off the moon you wasteful deterioration species and never come back. Y u think we never been back to explore the moon in further detailm

    November 16, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
    • barackobama

      John Glenn did not got to the moon. We never went back because of budget cuts and the cancellation of the Apollo program. .

      November 16, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • gager

      Total nonsense. Brian does not have the right stuff.

      November 16, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • David

      Uh, we did go back, several times and no us us, the Soviets too (with landers similar to what we have on Mars). Today a number of satellites orbit the moon gathering even more info.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:38 am |
    • Shrink

      Time for your medicine, sweetheart.

      November 17, 2011 at 3:56 am |
    • Informed

      Read this for what happened
      http://www.ufocasebook.com/moon.html

      November 17, 2011 at 8:10 am |
      • MBDK

        That is actually just VERY bad fiction. Any critical thinking person with access to scietific sources can EASILY do a little research and verify that the referenced web site is worthless speculation and bad science. But the site DOES appeal to those gullible enough to swallow any hogwash – just because it is what they WANT to hear.

        November 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Judas Priest

      This has been dedunked to often and so thoroughly that all I'm going to say is, the first step in reaching for the stars is pulling your head out of your rear end.

      November 17, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • hecep

      You wrote that it MAY be just you. Wrong. It IS you.

      November 19, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  48. alumette

    Very nice finally properly rewarding these unique men. They risked their lives to satisfy our mutual dream. Thank you !

    November 16, 2011 at 5:36 pm |

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