Saturday, August 25, 2012

One Giant Leap for Mankind

Neil You are cleared for take off on Pad 39a. 
Well the Human race lost a hero yesterday Neil  Armstrong the first person to step foot on the Moon pasted away at age 82. This was a time when dreams came true at least I want to think that it was. We as country set a goal and accomplished it, something that can never be done in today's political climate. 

I just want to dedicate (no matter how cheesey it seems) Elton John's Rocket Man to this hero. Neil we will look for you at Tranquility Base. 

Neil Armstrong, 1st man on the moon, dies at 82
Associated Press / August 25, 2012

CINCINNATI (AP) — Neil Armstrong was a soft-spoken engineer who became a global hero when as a steely-nerved pilot he made ‘‘one giant leap for mankind’’ with a small step onto the moon. The modest man, who had people on Earth entranced and awed from almost a quarter-million miles away, but credited others for the feat, died Saturday. He was 82.
Armstrong died following complications resulting from cardiovascular procedures, his family said in a statement. Armstrong had had a bypass operation this month, according to NASA. His family didn’t say where he died; he had lived in suburban Cincinnati.
Armstrong commanded the Apollo 11 spacecraft that landed on the moon July 20, 1969, capping the most daring of the 20th century’s scientific expeditions. His first words after becoming the first person to set foot on the surface are etched in history books and the memories of those who heard them in a live broadcast.
‘‘That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,’’ Armstrong said.
(Armstrong insisted later that he had said ‘‘a'’ before man, but said he, too, couldn’t hear it in the version that went to the world.)
In those first few moments on the moon, during the climax of a heated space race with the Soviet Union, Armstrong stopped in what he called ‘‘a tender moment’’ and left a patch to commemorate NASA astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts who had died in action.
‘‘It was special and memorable but it was only instantaneous because there was work to do,’’ Armstrong told an Australian television interviewer this year.
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent nearly three hours walking on the lunar surface, collecting samples, conducting experiments and taking photographs.
‘‘The sights were simply magnificent, beyond any visual experience that I had ever been exposed to,’’ Armstrong once said.
The moonwalk marked America’s victory in the Cold War space race that began Oct. 4, 1957, with the launch of the Soviet Union’s Sputnik 1, a 184-pound satellite that sent shock waves around the world.
Although he had been a Navy fighter pilot, a test pilot for NASA’s forerunner and an astronaut, Armstrong never allowed himself to be caught up in the celebrity and glamour of the space program.
‘‘I am, and ever will be, a white socks, pocket protector, nerdy engineer,’’ he said in 2000 in one of his rare public appearances. ‘‘And I take a substantial amount of pride in the accomplishments of my profession.’’
Fellow Ohioan and astronaut John Glenn, one of Armstrong’s closest friends, recalled Saturday how Armstrong was down to the last 15 seconds to 35 seconds of fuel when he finally brought the Eagle down on the Sea of Tranquility.

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