As The Nation Looks Back At Armstrong's Legacy, Hutchison Looks Forward

Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks during a celebration dinner at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, 20 February 2012, honouring the 50th anniversary of John Glenn's first spaceflight. NASA/Bill Ingalls.
The nation bids farewell to 82-year-old Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, at the Washington National Cathedral.







From the Senate floor, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison lauded the July 1969 achievement. And she warns against cutting items in the space program, which can ensure a healthy economy in the future.

"We must invest in the programs that will yield the benefits that will keep our economy going and our people working and our engineers able to continue to produce the great things that have happened in our space program, in our medical research and more."

Apollo 11 crewmates Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins and Mercury astronaut John Glenn were at the church, which includes a moon rock embedded in its stained glass windows.

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Ed Mayberry

Local Anchor, All Things Considered

Ed Mayberry has worked in radio since 1971, with many of those years spent on the rock 'n' roll disc jockey side of the business...