A new White House petition has been created on the We The People website asking that July 20, the date of the first Apollo moon landing, be designated as a non paid federal holiday called “Space Exploration Day,” according to a December 17, 2013 post on the group’s Facebook page.
The mission statement for the proposed space holiday states:
“Promote establishment of the July 20th Space Exploration Day Holiday, to commemorate the first walk of humankind, onto the surface of another celestial body. In conjunction with this, promote the continuation of manned space exploration to the Moon and beyond. Stress the benefits to humankind that can come from increased space achievement. Encourage the public to celebrate this anniversary with fun activities for families and communities. Encourage members of the general public to set personal Apollo-Like-Goals to help make life better for humanity.”
The Apollo 11 moon landing was an iconic event in human history, the result of one of the greatest peacetime engineering projects in human history. It was watched on TV by about a billion people out of a population that in 1960 numbered just more than 3 billion people.
The petition has to achieve 150 signatures for it to be visible on the White House site and needs 100,000 signatures for the proposal to get a response from the White House staff.