Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 20, 2009
Sen. Clark Jolley
Senate Honors Apollo X Astronauts
The Oklahoma State Senate has honored the crew of
Apollo X with a resolution commemorating the fortieth anniversary
of the first mission ever to achieve lunar orbit.
The crew included astronauts, Eugene A. Cernan and
John W. Young, along with Weatherford, Oklahoma native, Thomas
P. Stafford. Sen. Clark
Jolley authored the resolution which was approved unanimously
"Americans should not forget the incredible
courage, skill and intellect it took to get us to the moon and
how important this was to our country," said Jolley, R-Edmond.
"At that time it was the 'space-race' as we fought to take
the lead after the U.S.S.R. became the first nation to launch
a satellite into outer space. Because of Apollo X and the missions
that followed, we won the space race and remain the only nation
to send men to the moon."
Sen. Jay Paul Gumm said as a child, he was fascinated
and inspired by the U.S. space program, and noted that one of
the crew members of Apollo X, Eugene Cernan, became the last person
to ever walk on the moon.
"Growing up, astronauts were my heroes--especially
considering how many of them came from Oklahoma," said Gumm,
a Democrat from Durant. "Apollo X forever changed our perceptions
of space exploration. They're still my heroes."
Two of the Apollo X crew members, Stafford and Cernan,
will attend a dinner at the Oklahoma History Center Wednesday
evening honoring the 40th anniversary of the mission.
For more information contact:
Sen. Jolley's Office - 405-521-5622