Volume: 04, Issue: 11 01/25/2006 
The Ambassador of Exploration Award recognizes the sacrifices and dedication of the Apollo, Gemini and Mercury astronauts. Image Credit: NASA.
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Astronaut Michael Collins. Image Credit: NASA.
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Astronaut Edgar Mitchell.  Image Credit: NASA.
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NASA Honors Apollo Astronauts Michael Collins and Edgar Mitchell

NASA will honor former astronaut Michael Collins for his involvement in the U.S. space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award on Thursday, February 9, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum Space Hall in Garden City, New York.

NASA is presenting the Ambassador of Exploration Award to the 38 astronauts who participated in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs for realizing America’s vision of space exploration from 1961 to 1972. The award is a small sample of lunar material encased in Lucite and mounted for public display. The material is part of the 842 pounds of samples brought back to Earth during the six Apollo lunar expeditions from 1969 to 1972. Collins' award will be displayed at the museum.

Collins was the pilot for the Gemini 10 mission in July 1996. He remained in lunar orbit as the command module pilot for Apollo 11 in July 1969, while crewmates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first humans to land on the moon's surface during that historic mission.

NASA will also honor former astronaut Edgar Mitchell for his involvement in the Apollo space program with the presentation of the Ambassador of Exploration Award on Sunday, February 5, at the South Florida Science Museum in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mitchell's award will be displayed at the museum, along with Collins’.

Mitchell was the lunar module pilot for the Apollo 14 moon mission, January 31 to February 9, 1971. Crewmates Alan Shepherd and Stuart Roosa also participated in the third lunar landing. The team collected more than 100 pounds of lunar samples during their record setting 33 hours on the moon's surface.

For more information about astronaut Michael Collins visit:
http://www1.jsc.nasa.gov/er/seh/collinsm.htm

For more information about astronaut Edgar Mitchell visit:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/mitchell-ed.html

    
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