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L5 National Holidays

The following dates are recognized as L5 National Holidays:

April 12
Yuri's Day - First human space flight [orbital] (Yuri Gagarin, Vostok 1, 1961)
also, NASA's first Space Shuttle flight [orbital] (Columbia, 1981)

Yuri's Night, World Space Party.
July 20
Moon Day - First human landing on the Moon (Apollo 11, 1969)
also, first Mars soft landing and close-up pictures (Viking 1, 1976)

The Apollo 11 Lunar Module was landed on the Moon 20 July 1969, culminating a decade of the greatest technological development in humanity's history: There were more useful inventions made during the 1960's than any similar time interval before or since. In landing astronauts on the Moon, the United States of America not only "won" the "space race" but also created a vast array of benefits everyone has been enjoying since.

Apollo 11 was the first of six successful missions to land a pair of astronauts on the Moon. However, since Apollo 17 Mission Commander Gene Cernan returned to the Lunar Excursion Module on 14 December 1972, no one has been back to the Moon: NASA abandoned Lunar exploration and development to design and build the Space Shuttle.

It's time to go back to the Moon, and beyond: We need space to grow: There are far more resources available in the asteroids, moons and other planets of our Solar system than here on Earth. We will learn to travel beyond our Sun's reach, to other stellar systems, and find even more - including new habitable planets. Going back to the Moon is the first step on that journey, and it's time for us to take it: We must move beyond low Earth orbit where the International Space Station travels, establish a permanent human presence on all of the significant bodies in the Solar system, and in stations much larger than the ISS, self-sufficient colonies floating in their own independent orbits.

Moon Day is an L5 National Holiday, the anniversary of one of the greatest achievements in human history. Let us honor its memory by vowing to re-open the door to deep space, and by realizing that vow with the actions necessary to bring it to fruition.

October 4
Sputnik Day - First satellite launched to orbit (Sputnik 1, 1957)
also, first rapid-turnaround private human flight to space [suborbital] (Mojave Aerospace SpaceshipOne, Ansari X Prize, 2004)

Citizens are strongly encouraged to enjoy rest and relaxation on the holidays, and to engage in relevant activities appropriate for rememberance of the events that occurred on these dates.

These are our holidays! Bring them to life!

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