Meritt Island, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis joined Vice President Mike Pence and NASA officials to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that launched from Florida at the Kennedy Space Center in Meritt Island. The Governor and Vice President were joined by Former Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and distinguished members of Congress.

Speaking before the crowd at the Neil Armstrong Operational Building, Governor DeSantis highlighted Florida’s legacy and prominent role in the aerospace industry:

“It’s a pleasure to be here with Vice President Pence and welcome so many esteemed representatives of the space industry from across the private and public sector to commemorate such a historic event,” said Governor DeSantis. “Since the launch of the historic Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago, Florida has used its talents, resources, and manpower to establish and uphold our role as a global leader in space exploration and commerce. Florida will continue to be on the cutting edge of space technology for years to come.”

Earlier this week, the Governor issued a proclamation observing July 16-20, 2019, as Florida’s Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebration. For a PDF copy of the proclamation, click HERE.

Photo Credit: Governor’s Press Office



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