Whereas outer space represents the next great frontier for human exploration; and,
Whereas hundreds of men and women have risked their lives in opening the frontier of space for all humanity; and,
Whereas some of these brave individuals died in the pursuit of knowledge and exploration; and,
Whereas no state or national holiday exists to honor the spirit of exploration and knowledge and selflessness that characterizes those space explorers who continue to risk their lives for the betterment of their world; and,
Whereas the United Nations’ “World Space Week” is based on the technological achievement of the launch of the first artificial satellite, Sputnik, and the signing of the U.N. Space Treaty, not any human accomplishment in space; and,
Whereas April 12 is both the anniversary of the first launch of the Space Shuttle with John Young and Bob Crippen in 1981 and the launch of Yuri Gagarin, the first human into space, in 1961; and,
Whereas the celebration of the individual astronauts, engineers, and others who have made possible the exploration of space would provide inspiration for the youth of the State of Florida and the United States of America to pursue careers in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics;
We therefore decree from this day forward that April 12 will be celebrated as Space Pioneer Day.