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Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies

Posted by Steve Markowitz on August 26, 2012

Former astronaut Neil Armstrong has died at the age of 82 after complications from cardiovascular surgery.  Armstrong was the first human being to set foot on the moon, commanding Apollo 11 in 1969.  Upon stepping on the moon he said: “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind“, perhaps the most repeated quote of modern time.

Armstrong was sometimes referred to as a “nerdy engineer”.  He was a private individual who retired from NASA in the early 1970s over concerns with the bureaucratic managing of it by Congress.  Armstrong spent most of his years since farming in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  However, in 1986 he came out of retirement at the request of Pres. Ronald Reagan to serve on a commission set up to investigate the space shuttle Challenger accident.

Neil Armstrong, born of the “greatest generation”, was and American hero.  True heroes are harder to find in a time when society seems to instead honor the outrageous over the real accomplishments.

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5 Responses to “Astronaut Neil Armstrong Dies”

  1. Jim Mahoney said

    What a gentleman, what a professional, what a class act he was. He could have made several fortunes from being the first man on the moon and he never took a dime. He also shunned the limelight and lived in seclusion. He and the crew faced danger every minute of that mission and he just considered it to be his job. He is a true American Hero. If the moon landing had taken place today I shudder to think how the moment would be cheapened with the caliber of today’s individuals.

  2. Dennis Ensminger said

    …regardless of his physical height, this man was truly a giant! With enough testicular fortitude for a dozen men, this guy not only gambled on a trip to the moon, but on a safe return. He will always be one of my heroes…something that this generation could use instead of some reality TV personality…

  3. Stanley Freeman said

    They don’t seem to make ’em like they used to. It’s amazing the drop in level of humanity, courage, ethics and adventurousness in such a few years, considering the amount of time people have inhabited this planet

  4. Jim Mahoney said

    For your viewing pleasure – Buzz Aldrin punching out an idiot who had been hounding him the entire day about the moon landing being a hoax.

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