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H. Con. Res. 261  (enr) - 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


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