Apollo 11 astronauts, John Glenn receive Congressional Gold Medal
They are the first astronauts ever to receive the honor, which is described as "the highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions." Florida Senator Bill Nelson was the initial Congressman who sought this recognition for the astronauts.
This ceremony comes just months after NASA announced major budget problems, but Senator Nelson says he expects the NASA budget of $17.8 billion to be approved by Congress, calling it "a major investment in the next generation of human space flight."
Neil Armstrong was among those urging Congress not to end the space exploration era for the United States back in September.