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H. Con. Res. 261  (eh) - Whereas on May 25, 1961, the President of the United States established a goal for the country to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade; Whereas in furtherance of that goal, 34 American astronauts flew 27 missions in space; Whereas in their efforts to achieve that goal, 3 astronauts died in the tragic Apollo 204 fire on the launch pad and 4 others died in T-38 crashes while in training; Whereas the goal of the President was achieved on July 20, 1969 when the Lunar Module, Eagle, landed on the surface of the Moon carrying a crew of 2 astronauts; Whereas a total of 24 American astronauts flew to the vicinity of the Moon and 12 of them landed on and explored its surface; Whereas the successful execution of the program to reach and explore the Moon was one of the greatest achievements in the history of mankind; Whereas the hardware and astronauts involved in the Lunar program subsequently flew 3 Skylab missions, and 1 international Apollo-Soyuz mission; Whereas the astronauts who put their lives on the line by flying in space in the execution of that program are true national heroes; and Whereas these astronauts should receive popular recognition from a grateful Nation for their tremendous achievement: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That henceforth Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12, Apollo 11), William Alison Anders (Apollo 8), Neil Alden Armstrong (Gemini 8, Apollo 11), Charles Arthur Bassett II (died in T-38 crash), Alan LaVern Bean (Apollo 12, Skylab 3), Frank Borman (Gemini 7, Apollo 8), Vance DeVoe Brand (Apollo-Soyuz), Malcolm Scott Carpenter (Mercury-Atlas 7), Gerald Paul Carr (Skylab 4), Eugene Andrew Cernan (Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo 17), Roger Bruce Chaffee (Apollo 204), Michael Collins (Gemini 10, Apollo 11), Charles Conrad, Jr. (Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12, Skylab 2), Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (Mercury-Atlas 9, Gemini 5), Ronnie Walter Cunningham (Apollo 7), Charles Moss Duke, Jr. (Apollo 16), Donn Fulton Eisele (Apollo 7), Ronald Ellwin Evans (Apollo 17), Theodore Cordy Freeman (died in T-38 crash), Owen Kay Garriott (Skylab 3), Edward George Gibson (Skylab 4), John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (Mercury-Atlas 6), Richard Francis Gordon, Jr. (Gemini 11, Apollo 12), Virgil Ivan Grissom (Mercury-Redstone 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 204), Fred Wallace Haise, Jr. (Apollo 13), James Benson Irwin (Apollo 15), Joseph Peter Kerwin (Skylab 2), Jack Robert Lousma (Skylab 3), James Arthur Lovell, Jr. (Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13), Thomas Kenneth Mattingly II (Apollo 16), James Alton McDivitt (Gemini 4, Apollo 9), Edgar Dean Mitchell (Apollo 14), William Reid Pogue (Skylab 4), Stuart Allen Roosa (Apollo 14), Walter Marty Schirra, Jr. (Mercury-Atlas 8, Gemini 6, Apollo 7), Harrison Hagan Schmitt (Apollo 17), Russell Louis Schweickart (Apollo 9), David Randolph Scott (Gemini 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 15), Elliot McKay See, Jr. (died in T-38 crash), Alan Bartlett Shepard, Jr. (Mercury-Redstone 3, Apollo 14), Donald Kent Slayton (Apollo-Soyuz), Thomas Patten Stafford (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz), John Leonard Swigert, Jr. (Apollo 13), Paul Joseph Weitz (Skylab 2), Edward Higgins White II (Gemini 4, Apollo 204), Clifton Curtis Williams, Jr. (died in T-38 crash), Alfred Merrill Worden (Apollo 15), and John Watts Young (Gemini 3, Gemini 10, Apollo 10, Apollo 16) shall carry the honorary title Space Emissary and shall be referred to as ``The Honorable''.

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