What to Watch

Federal City Digest: What to Watch

Monday, July 20, 2009

-- On the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, President Obama meets with the crew of the Apollo 11 mission -- Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. -- and the new NASA administrator, Charles F. Bolden Jr.

Later, the president will participate in a credentialing ceremony for foreign ambassadors.

-- A week and a half after Obama visited Russia, Vice President Biden sets off on a trip to Georgia and Ukraine that will continue through Friday.

-- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in New Delhi.

-- Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele holds a news conference on "Health Care -- President Obama's Next Grand Experiment" to push back at the president's reform proposals and outline the GOP alternative, at 9 a.m. at the National Press Club.

-- NASA headquarters on E Street SW will be busy with commemorations of the Apollo lunar program, which last landed a man on the moon in 1972. At 9:30 a.m., astronauts from various Apollo missions hold a news conference to discuss the giant steps they took for mankind. Appearing will be Aldrin (Apollo 11), James Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13), David Scott (Apollo 15), Charles Duke (Apollo 16), Thomas P. Stafford (Project Apollo and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project) and Eugene Cernan (Apollo 10 and 17).

-- At 2 p.m., the commemorations continue at the Newseum with a program on "The Apollo Legacy: The Moon and Beyond," with Aldrin, Duke, Alan Bean (Apollo 12) and John Grunsfeld, who most recently traveled on the STS-125 Atlantis -- and then went on spacewalks -- for the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com

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