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Neil Armstrong has died

Posted on Sunday, 26 August, 2012 | Comment icon 83 comments | News tip by: xROCKIEx

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The first human being ever to set foot on another world, Neil Armstrong, has died aged 82.

On July 20th 1969 as Commander of Apollo 11, Armstrong emerged from the lunar lander and said "that's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." His words would go on to become one of the most recognizable phrases ever spoken, a testament to the courage of he and fellow astronaut Buzz Aldrin as they stepped in to the unknown.

Armstrong remained a very private man following his return from the moon and was often regarded as a reluctant hero. "I guess we all like to be recognized not for one piece of fireworks but for the ledger of our daily work," he said in 2005 during an interview.

When asked about the footprints that he and Buzz had left on the lunar surface he said "I kind of hope that somebody goes up there one of these days and cleans them up." On the moon itself he added "It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it."

"US astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday."

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Comment icon #74 Posted by serial slasher on 1 September, 2012, 6:29
R.I.P. neil armstrong, your in all our hearts.
Comment icon #75 Posted by MID on 1 September, 2012, 17:01
Having returned from what has been a week's mourning, concluded yesterday by a perfect, simple, and eloquent funeral, a fitting tribute to a simple, great man, I have to say how impressed I have been, and am, at the quality, and quantity of UM's posts regarding this event and what it, and Neil obviously meant to so many here. So many. I thank you all for all you've said. How great a man Neil Armstrong was is pretty difficult to get accross, but I think you've all done a hell of a job. As I was yesterday, in a moment, I am reminded about the last words Neil said in his 40t... [More]
Comment icon #76 Posted by DONTEATUS on 1 September, 2012, 20:36
Really, Our First Man on the Moon will never,never be Forgotten. He boldly went in the Steps and on the prayers of Millions of True Explorers ! We all walked with this Humble Man on the Moon in a Big way ! You were such a Great part of this endeavor Mid , Your the Man too !
Comment icon #77 Posted by MID on 1 September, 2012, 22:29
thank you D, but Neil himself was worth all the praise. No special emphasis necessary. We all saw what happened that night on the Moon. . We all know what happened in the years to follow. Neil Armstrong was the man. He knew how to handle it, and I personally can't imagine anyone with more capability to do so as well as he did!. He was a legend!
Comment icon #78 Posted by MID on 13 September, 2012, 20:39
It's been a hell of a day. If I said I was impressed by Ohio, I meant nothing compared to what happened at ther National Cathedral today in Washington, DC. The Neil Armstrong National Memorial Service was.... Spectacular, moving, and altogether appropriate. The speakers, the music, the Episcopalean reverend who was the principal celebrant. More than I could take. Beautifully arranged, and applicable to Neil as he was. I especially lost it when Gene Cernan cracked during his remarks, and Mike Collins did during his reading. What an incredible and illustrative tribute to a great man. ... [More]
Comment icon #79 Posted by MID on 13 September, 2012, 23:44
And tomorrow, 9-14-12, Neil will have his wish fulfilled, as his body will be buried t sea, with full Navy Honors. I shall salute him at that time, for what he was, and what he shall always be!
Comment icon #80 Posted by DONTEATUS on 14 September, 2012, 3:17
Great men Live on Forever ! And Neil Armstrong Is Indeed one of the Greatest !
Comment icon #81 Posted by MID on 14 September, 2012, 22:19
Roger that D, and now, it's over...
Comment icon #82 Posted by susieice on 15 September, 2012, 2:28
I didn't know Armstrong was to be buried at sea. Missed the service yesterday because I was working, but one of my residents told me about it. The National Cathedral is a beautiful, beautiful place to honor an American hero.
Comment icon #83 Posted by MID on 15 September, 2012, 11:16
Yes, sus...most didn't know prior to the end of the ceremony on the 13th (no surprise there!). His personal choice, and all I can know is that it was Navy, full honors, family, a few people, and senior staff. And apparently the National Cathedral is a beautiful place. Frankly, the service itself was somewhat overwhelming. I have never been so impressed at a service in a church. But then again, NASA did it, so I shouldn't be surprized at the quality and content! It fit the man (even though I get the feeling he may have disagreed! But whatever, if something... [More]

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