By Mark Collins Jenkins
On April 29, 1970, at a ceremony at Society headquarters, the 1969 Thomas D. White Space
Trophy is presented to the astronauts of Apollo 11 -- Edwin Aldrin, Neil
Armstrong, and Michael Collins -- for being, quite simply, the first men to
ever walk on the Moon, which giant leap for mankind they had accomplished on
July 20, 1969.
Two months earlier, the famous trio had been presented the Society's highest honor, the Hubbard Medal, as a tribute to their feat. Today, astronauts Aldrin and Collins are joined by NASA
Administrator Dr. Thomas O. Paine, standing in for Armstrong, who is unable to
attend as his work for the Board of Investigations inquiring into the Apollo 13
near-disaster detains him elsewhere. The trophy is presented by Secretary of
the Air Force, Robert C. Seamans, Jr.