Neil Armstrong Dies At 82

The nations of the world have already began mourning the loss of the first man on the moon. It was 43 years 1 month and 5 days ago today that Neil Armstrong spoke the most legendary sentence of the 20th century when he said:

“That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.”

Armstrong underwent surgery on August 7, 2012, to relieve blocked coronary arteries but died today, August 25, 2012, at a hospital in Columbus, Ohio, following complications resulting from those very same cardiovascular procedures.

I remember July 20th, 1969. It happened on a Sunday afternoon, I was too young to know that millions of people all around the world were glued to tellies, perched upon their sofas in their living rooms, just like me and my two brothers were.

I was a bit older than in this picture (about 4 years older) but this was were we all sat on that spectacular Sunday when every child gained a new hero and every nerd was represented in the most awesome and historic way ever!

Neil’s family made one simple request:

“Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink.”

RIP: Neil Armstrong 1930 – 2012

The white socked pocket protector wearing, nerdy engineer who left a very LARGE foot-print on the universe.

EOT

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  1. One of the very few things I fully remember from my childhood is watching that on my parents’ B&W TV. I remember how we waited and waited passed the scheduled moment, and then if finally happened. I was already deeply into science and science fiction by then, so for me it was an awesome, eyes-glued event.

    A human walked on our moon. Our first step off the planet. Sadly, we took pretty much the same step a few more times and … all but gave up. Now our machines go do it for us. I guess that’s something.

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