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Taking A Piece of Apollo Back to the Moon

Taking A Piece of Apollo Back to the Moon

By Astiles  on July 22, 2009

Lending themselves to lunar exploration once more, eleven of the surviving Apollo astronauts have bestowed their names to a plaque that will be carried to the surface of the Moon by each Google Lunar X PRIZE spacecraft. The plaque, whose exact format is TBD at this time, will read:

“We Apollo Astronauts congratulate the winner of the Google Lunar X PRIZE. May this place, placed on the surface of the Moon by this intrepid craft and its team, serve as a welcoming beacon to future generations of lunar explorers. This spacecraft returns in the spirit of our journeys of the 20th Century – in peace and with hope for all humankind.”

• Col R. Walter Cunningham, USMCR, (Ret.), Apollo 7
• CAPT James A. Lovell, Jr., USN (Ret.), Apollo 8, Apollo 13
• BrigGen James A. McDivitt, USAF, Ret., Apollo 9
• Russell L. Schweickart, Apollo 9
• CAPT Eugene A. Cernan, USN (Ret.), Apollo 10, Apollo 17
• Dr. Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11
• CAPT Alan L. Bean, USN (Ret.), Apollo 12
• CAPT Edgar D. Mitchell, USN (Ret.), Apollo 14
• LtCol Alfred M. Worden, USAF, Ret., Apollo 15
• BrigGen Charles M. Duke, Jr., USAF, Ret., Apollo 16
• Hon. Harrison H. Schmitt, Ph.D., Apollo 17

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