This week the House and the Senate passed HR 2245, the “New Frontier Congressional Gold Medal Act”, which awards Congressional gold medals to the Apollo 11 astronauts and, for good measure, John Glenn. (The legislation passed in the House on a 390-0 vote, and by unanimous consent in the Senate.) The House also passed on Monday H.Res. 607, a resolution honoring the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11; a copy of that resolution was presented to the Apollo 11 crew in a ceremony Tuesday on Capitol Hill.
While Congress may have been generous in its praise of the mission, at least one member got “dissed” by an astronaut, in the words of Roll Call. According to the article, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi approached Neil Armstrong for an autograph—and got turned down, as he does autograph requests in general. “The Speaker would go to the moon and back to try to get what her grandson asked for,” a spokesman for the speaker told Roll Call. “But he learned a valuable lesson: You can’t always get what you want.”