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Moran, Marshall celebrate moon landing
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Astronaut Edwin E. “Buzz” Aldrin walks on the moon in this July 20, 1969 photo from NASA.

Heading into the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Sen. Jerry Moran is scheduled to host a space symposium at Wichita State University and Rep. Roger Marshall plans to spend the weekend in Kansas.

Sen. Moran will host an Apollo 11 “Next Giant Leap” symposium Monday, July 22, at Wichita State University’s National Center for Aviation Training, 4004 N. Webb Road. This event features leaders from NASA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will deliver a special address on NASA’s vision for the future of aeronautics.

The event starts at 9 a.m. with Moran’s opening remarks. There will be panel discussion on the future of space exploration and on space defense and deterrence.

Sen. Moran is a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation committee and chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.

Rep. Marshall had town hall meetings scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Kansas. In his latest newsletter, the Congressman from Great Bend commented on the anniversary of the moon land and mentioned a Hoxie man who is currently in space.

“On July 20, 1969, people across the country and around the world watched in eager anticipation as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon,” Marshall stated in his newsletter. “With this feat America won the space race and it amazes me to think of all of the advancements that have been made as a result of these Apollo missions. A video of his speech can be viewed on Marshall’s Facebook page at

“At this very moment native Kansan from the Big First, Nick Hague, is currently 240 miles above Earth on the International Space Station continuing to advance scientific knowledge. I am a member of the Science Space and Technology Committee and gave a speech on the house floor in honor of this special anniversary.” 

Marshall was scheduled for town hall meetings Friday afternoon at the Prairie Land Electric Cooperative in Norton and Saturday morning at the Phillips County Health Systems in Phillipsburg and then at The Hideout Coffeehouse in Osborne.

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The official emblem of Apollo 11, the United States’ first scheduled lunar landing mission. Photo Credit: NASA