NASA will honor former astronaut Neil Armstrong for his involvement in
the U.S. space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of
Exploration Award at 11:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, April 18, in the Reakirt
Auditorium, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal, 1301 Western
NASA is presenting the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the 38
astronauts and other key individuals who participated in the Mercury,
Gemini, and Apollo space programs for realizing America’s vision of
space exploration from 1961 to 1972.
The award is a small sample of lunar material encased in Lucite and
mounted for public display. The material is part of the 842 pounds of
samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions
from 1969 to 1972. Armstrong’s award will be displayed at the
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. Armstrong, an Ohio
native, was the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969.
He is a Korean War combat veteran and has flown more than 200
different models of aircraft. For his astronaut biographical