March 5: The Museum in Washington, DC will open today. Due to weather, the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA is closed.
This button and ribbon celebrated the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20, 1969. On that date, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz"Aldrin walked on the Moon's surface while Michael Collins orbited in the command module. Although the mission was also celebrated as a universal human achievement, this button celebrates the feat as a uniquely American one. Timothy Connelly donated this button, collected by his father, an avid button collector, to the National Collection in 2005.
Gift of Timothy Connelly