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Which president’s name appears on a plaque that the Apollo 11 crew left on the moon?
Richard M. Nixon
Answer: Although it was President John F. Kennedy who set the nation on the course to the moon, it was Nixon who was in office during the first manned lunar landing. Stainless steel commemorative plaques were left on the lunar surface. All of the plaques bear facsimiles of the participating astronauts’ signatures.
The first (Apollo 11) and last (Apollo 17) plaques bear a facsimile of the signature of Richard Nixon, President of the United States during the landings, along with references to the start and “completion” of “man’s” “first” explorations of the Moon and expressions of peace for “all mankind”.
Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served as the 37th President of the United States from 1969 until 1974, when he became the only U.S. president to resign from office. He had previously served as a U.S. Representative and Senator from California and as the 36th Vice President of the United States from 1953 to 1961 under the Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower.