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Space Exploration Day

Space Exploration Day

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About Space Exploration Day

Date When Celebrated: Space Exploration Day is always celebrated on July 20

July 20, 1969 was truly a momentous day for mankind. U.S. Astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first human to set foot upon the moon. It was indeed a day for Americansand the world to be proud. In recognition of this accomplishment, Space Exploration Day was declared. In Proclamation #5224, then President Ronald Reagan correctly stated that space exploration is part of the human adventure. So, it is only fitting that on this day, we celebrate this momentous accomplishment. And, we look forward to continued exploration of the final frontier. 

How to Celebrate Space Exploration Day

You don't have to be a geek or a nerd to enjoy this special holiday. But, you do have to partake in something related to space, and ideally something related to space exploration. This day is purely about space exploration. So, sci-fi movies and books that do not feature space exploration do not count.

Here are some ideas of things you can do to celebrate this day.

  • Watch the movie "Apollo 13".
  • Watch some Star Trek movies. After all, their stated mission is to explore the final frontier.
  • Read a book on space exploration.
  • Go to NASA's website and browse though their volumous website.
  • Look for pictures from the new James Webb space telescope. They are truly breath-taking.
  • Go to your local observatory.
  • Get together in your friends tonight and look at the stars through a telescope.

Today's Quote: "If you are in a spaceship that is traveling at the speed of light, and you turn on the headlights, does anything happen?" - - Steven Wright

History and Origin of Space Exploration Day

In 1984, the U.S. Congress approved Joint Resolution #555 declaring July 20 as Space Exploration Day. On July 20, 1984, then President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July 20 to be Space Exploration Day.

Both the U.S. Congress and the President of the United States proclaimed today to be Space Exploration Day. One would think that they would have declared it as a "National" day. However, they did not.

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